March 17, 2012
ATLANTA – Led by a 2-for-5 effort by Katie Johnsky, in which the freshman amassed five RBIs, the Georgia Tech softball team swept Boston College by scores of 8-0 and 9-4 Saturday at Mewborn Field.
With the victories Tech improved to 18-13 in 2012, 2-3 in conference play picking up its first ACC victory. BC, who is playing in its first ACC game of the year fell to 16-8 and 0-2 in the ACC.
Johnsky, who entered the game with just three RBIs tallied on the season, drove in one during game one and brought home a career best four in game two. Kelsi Wesemanled the team with three hits on the day, one for a double tallying four runs.
Hope Rush picked up the game one shutout victory pitching five innings and allowing just two hits, no runs, and four strikeouts. Kylie Kleinschmidtearned the win in game two pitching all seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits and striking out six.
The Jackets took game one easily earning the run rule victory. Tech put four runs on the board in both the third and fourth innings for their third run rule victory of the season.
Tech’s four runs came via two hits, a walk, a couple of Eagle errors and a perfectly timed double steal. A hard hit ball through the third baseman’s legs by Karly Fullem scored the first run of the game for Tech. With runners on the corners, Danielle Dike came through in the clutch for Tech once again as a pinch hitter driving in both runs with a double to right center making the lead 3-0. Downs subbed back in to run for Dike and worked her way to third. With Ashley Thomasat first, the duo unleashed the perfect double steal as Downs snuck across the plate for the fourth run of the inning.
In the fourth, Kelsi Weseman and Alysha Rudnik began things with back-to-back singles to left. A walk drawn by Hope Rush loaded the bases and Johnsky drove in the fifth run of the day with a slow chopper to second base. Another fielder’s choice, this time by Fullem scored yet another one because of an errant throw by the shortstop. Dike got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in another run, the seventh, and a walk by Kate Kuzmabrought in run number eight, the decisive and final run of the game.
In game two, Tech got out to a quick 3-0 lead in the third inning. Weseman double to left moving to third on a single to right by Rudnik. Rudnik moved up to second on a wild pitch and with Rush at the plate, the power hitter laid down the suicide squeeze scoring Weseman for the first run of the game. A single by Katie Johnskyin the next at bat scored two runs for the three run lead.
BC got two back in the top of the fourth to cut Tech’s lead to just one, adding another in the fifth to even things up at three-all, but Tech retook the lead in the fifth inning via double down the leftfield line by Fullem that scored Johnsky and Weseman.
Tech added to its lead in the sixth inning putting four more runs on the board, using another suicide squeeze laid down by Kuzma, a double to left center by Rush and a double to left center by Johnsky for the insurance runs and the 9-3 victory.
The Jackets will be back in action in their final game with the Eagles on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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