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Tech Takes First ACC Series over Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Georgia Tech softball (14-9, 2-1 ACC) clinched its first ACC series of the season over Virginia (18-7, 1-2 ACC), splitting a doubleheader on Saturday at Palmer Park. The Yellow Jackets won their sixth straight, 5-2, to clinch the series over the Cavaliers before falling in the final contest, 3-0.

Game One

Virginia took the lead early, using an RBI triple to slip ahead 1-0.

The Cavaliers clung to the lead for the next three scoreless innings, but Georgia Tech responded with four runs in the top of the sixth. Senior catcher Emma Kauf led off the inning with a single before a walk and another single courtesy of junior third baseman Mallorie Black clogged the base path with one down. Due up next, junior first baseman Abby Hughes delivered as she roped a two-RBI single and made her way to second. With a pair in scoring position once more, freshman pinch hitter Jayden Gailey clobbered her first collegiate hit for a double that sent in both scores for a 4-1 Jacket lead.

The Hoos took a run back with a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth, but the White and Gold reclaimed the three-run advantage in the following frame. Despite the first two batters being retired, sophomore second baseman Grace Connelly kept the inning alive with an infield single, allowing junior designated hitter Sara Beth Allen’s following RBI double to the right field corner to push Georgia Tech up to what proved to be the final tally, 5-2.

Senior hurler Chandler Dennis (8-3) tossed five of the seven innings, allowing just one run on four hits with three strikeouts for her eighth win on the year. Sophomore slinger Sophia Voyles closed out the final inning with a punchout and one hit allowed, receiving her first save of the season.

Game Two

Virginia took an early lead for the second straight game, leading off the top of the second with a solo home run. In the bottom of the fourth, the Cavaliers tacked on one more, sending in a run from third on an errant throw for a 2-0 lead. Adding their final run with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth, the Hoos contained the Yellow Jacket bats to take the final game of the series, 3-0.

Game Notes

  • After tying the mark on Friday, senior right hander Blake Neleman took sole possession of second all-time in career strikeouts with 491 to date.
  • Georgia Tech moved up to a six-game winning streak before the final game of the day.
  • Throughout the tear, the White and Gold only surrendered seven runs in six games.
  • The Yellow Jackets won their first conference series of the season for the first time since 2020.
  • The White and Gold have now won 12 of the last 14 matchups against Virginia, claiming seven consecutive contests over the Hoos entering the second leg of the doubleheader.
  • Dennis was the most effective for the White and Gold in the circle, earning her eighth win of the year as she tossed seven total innings, allowing two runs on six hits after sitting down six batters across two games.
  • Hughes was the most consistent bat on the day for the Jackets, going 3-for-6 with a double and two RBI.
  • Gailey’s first collegiate hit turned into a two-RBI double.
  • Entering the game two of the doubleheader, Kauf had accumulated a seven-game hitting streak and reached base in nine straight contests.

Up Next

Georgia Tech will return home for a midweek matchup against Georgia Southern (10-11) on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Mewborn Field. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.


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