GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Georgia Tech softball team used solid pitching and timely hitting to sweep a doubleheader from Furman on Tuesday afternoon at Pepsi Stadium in Greenville, S.C.
The Yellow Jackets (3-1) won the first game by a score of 3-1 and then went on to come from behind and claim victory in the second contest by a 2-1 count. The games marked the season-opener for Furman (0-2).
In the first game, the Paladins got on the board first in the second inning, as Kelli Leachman led off the inning by reaching base after being hit by a pitch. Kelly King pinch ran for Leachman and scored on a two-base error by the Yellow Jackets.
Tech evened the score in the top of the third inning when Susanne Miller scored on an RBI double by Jamie Frost. The Jackets then put the game away in the sixth inning, when freshman Tasha Waugh reached base on a walk and was driven in by Erin Hawley, who drove the first pitch that she saw from pitcher Kelly Jack (0-1) over the right field wall for her first home run of the season, to ensure the final 3-1 margin.
Sophomore Tiffany Goodman improved her record on the mound to 2-0 this season, as she did not allow an earned run and gave up only two hits, while striking out three batters and only walking one.
In the day’s second game, Furman again jumped on the scoreboard first, as Caroline Evans hit a solo homer over the left field fence to give the Paladins a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Furman then loaded the bases in the inning, but Tech was able to escape the jam with no more damage being done.
The Jackets evened the score at one apiece in the fourth inning, as Kori Jacobson scored on a two-base error by Furman after reaching base on a hit by pitch to lead off the inning.
In the sixth inning, Waugh completed her solid 2-for-3 performance at the plate for Tech with an RBI double to left field that scored Jacobson with the winning run. Jacket rookie Erin Voeltz (1-1) continued Tech’s solid pitching day as she went the distance for the win, striking out four, while scattering three hits in the game.
Tech will return to action this weekend, when it travels to Monroe, La., to compete in the Mardi Gras Classic, hosted by the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Tech will open play in the event on Friday by facing Southeastern Louisiana at 3 p.m.