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Tech Drops Heartbreaker at Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. – Georgia Tech softball (24-15, 9-6 ACC) gave up four runs in the bottom of the sixth, falling to Auburn (18-11-1) by a final score of 4-3 on Friday night at Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn, Ala. Sophia Voyles pitched 4.2 no-hit innings to start the day and Mallorie Black connected for her 13th home run of the year but it wouldn’t be enough to secure the win.

QUICK HITS

  • Mallorie Black hit a solo home run in the first inning, bringing the Yellow Jacket season total to 65 – the most in the Morales era, the most since 2011 and the sixth most in program history.
  • Black has now hit 13 home runs this year, tied with Madison Dobbins for the most on the team.
  • The Cimming, Ga native has now driven in 44 runs this season, the third most in the ACC.
  • Jayden Gailey drove in a run off a bases loaded groundout in the first, her 10th RBI of the season, marking her first-career double-digit RBI season.
  • Gailey has driven in runs in consecutive games for the second time this season after doing so three games in a row Feb. 16-23.
  • Ella Edgmon scored on a wild pitch, her team-leading 41st run of the season, tied for the fourth most in a single season by a Yellow Jacket in the Morales era.
  • Sophia Voyles made her 11th start of the season, pitching the first 4.2 innings without allowing a hit.
  • Voyles struck out four batters, bringing her season total to 43 – her first-career 40 K season.
  • She has now pitched 54.2 innings this season, eclipsing 50 innings pitched for the first time in her three years at Tech.
  • Tech still leads the all-time series against Auburn, 7-6.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Jackets struck early as Black delivered a solo homer to left field in the first inning for the second game in a row. Tiffany Domingue reached on an error before Edgmon was hit by a pitch and Dobbins reached base on a bloop single to load the bases. Gailey brought Domingue home with an RBI groundout before Edgmon scampered to the plate following a wild pitch to give the Jackets a 3-0 lead after the first half inning. Voyles kept the momentum in the Tech dugout with a confident 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the first. She would only allow two baserunners over the next three innings before her no-hit bid was snuffed out with a two-out single in the bottom of the fifth. Voyles hung in there, getting a groundout to keep Auburn at bay, but was pulled after allowing back-to-back one-out singles in the sixth. Auburn would get three more hits after that, for a total of five consecutive hits in the inning, taking the lead with a double off the wall in center field, 4-3. Tech got the tying run on base in the top of the seventh but were held scoreless for the sixth straight inning resulting in the loss.

UP NEXT­­
The Yellow Jackets stay in Auburn for a pair of games tomorrow. Tech will start against Louisiana Tech for a neutral site game at 11 am (ET) before a rematch with Auburn at 5 pm (ET). The game against Auburn will be streamed on SECN+.

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