ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech softball team used a rally in the 10th inning of game two to earn a doubleheader split with Georgia Southern on Wednesday afternoon at Glenn Field. The Jackets dropped the first game by a score of 4-2 and were able to come from behind to claim the day’s second contest by a 2-1 score in 10 innings.
In the day’s first game, the Eagles got on the board first with two runs in the top of the third inning. After Lacey Kammerer and Kimberly Griffin recorded back-to-back hits to lead off the inning and Meghan Correia reached base on a fielder’s choice that retired Kammerer, Julie Peel bunted Griffin and Correia over to second and third. Stacie Cooper then recorded the big hit of the inning with a double to left-center field that scored both Correia and Griffin to give Georgia Southern a 2-0 advantage.
The Jackets cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Erin Glantz led off the inning with a single and reached safely on a throwing error by Eagle pitcher Janice Savage with Sara Wissmann at the plate to put runners on first and second with no outs. After a sacrifice bunt by Jamie Frost, Tara Knudsen doubled to left field to score Glantz from third.
The Eagles upped their advantage to 3-1 in the next inning when Cooper and Savage turned in singles to lead off the inning and moved up a base on a groundout by Shannan Hoobin to put runners on second and third. Cooper then scored on a wild pitch by Tech reliever Tiffany Goodman.
Tech once again got within one run in the bottom of the frame as Soraya Reddick led off the inning with a triple to right center and scored when Erin Glantz reached base on an error.
Georgia Southern closed out the scoring in the top of the seventh as Griffin drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on an error by Tech shortstop Knudsen before going to third on a single by Cooper. Griffin scored when Savage followed Cooper with an RBI single.
Eagle starter Janice Savage (7-9) earned the win as she went the distance allowing the two runs on five hits, while striking out three. Tech starter Mimi Utt (2-1) took the loss as she went 2.2 innings and allowed two runs on three hits before being relieved by both Goodman and Erin Voeltz.
The day’s second game proved to be a pitcher’s duel as Tech starter Voeltz and Eagle starter Aimee Littlejohn held the opposition scoreless through the regulation seven innings as the teams were able to record just five hits between them.
Both teams were able to escape the eighth and ninth innings without harm as the international tiebreaker was in place to determine the game’s outcome. The Eagles pulled ahead in the top of the 10th inning as Julie Peel moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Cooper and then scored on a two-out RBI-double by Hoobin.
Tech answered in the bottom of the 10th as Soraya Reddick moved to third on a passed ball and then scored on an RBI-single by Erin Glantz. Jennifer Biggers then followed Glantz with a single of her own and the duo moved to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Sara Wissmann. Glantz then scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch by Eagle reliever Lacey Kammerer.
Voeltz (11-8) won her fourth-straight game as she went the distance without allowing an earned run while scattering four hits. Littlejohn (4-10) took the loss as she tossed nine innings, giving up just one earned run on five hits.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Athens, Ga., for a doubleheader with in-state rival Georgia beginning at 4 p.m.