March 24, 2018
NORTHRIDGE. Calif. – Georgia Tech softball (19-10) tied its win total from last season on Saturday with two wins over Cal Poly and Santa Clara in the Matador Classic. The Jackets topped Cal Poly 2-1 before run-ruling Santa Clara 11-0 in five innings. With its fifth run-rule win, Tech topped its total from last season.
Head coach Aileen Morales says:
“I’m proud of how our team competed in both games today. We showed better focus and intent throughout each inning, which resulted in a more productive offense. Both Anderson and Dickerson threw great games and we backed them up offensively. I’m looking forward to one more game tomorrow before we head back home.”
GT 2, Cal Poly 1:
The Jackets made their way onto the board first. Freshman Cameron Stanford led off the third inning with a single to left field. Junior Katie Krzus followed up with an RBI double down the left field line, bringing around Stanford from first to give Tech the 1-0 lead.
Senior Emily Anderson got her third start of the weekend in the circle. Holding Cal Poly scoreless through two, the Mustangs responded in the bottom half of the inning, leading off with a single up the middle. Anderson hit one to put runners on first and second and a single to right field plated the runner from second, tying the game at 1-1.
Tech took back the lead in the top of the fourth. Freshman Lilly Hooper led off the inning with a single up the middle, her second of the game. Hooper advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Crosby Huckabay. Junior Kaylee Ellebracht dropped a shallow one into right center just past the infield, moving Hooper to third and landing herself at first. Stanford stepped up and hit her second single of the game to left field, scoring Hooper to give Tech back the lead at 2-1.
Anderson held the Mustangs for the final four innings and Tech took the win at 2-1.
GT 11, Santa Clara 0 (5)
Stanford set the tone for the Jackets early, leading off the bottom of the first with a home run over left center on her fourth pitch. She gave Tech the lead early at 1-0.
The name of the game was patience in the bottom of the second for the Jackets, scoring six runs without a hit. Senior Kelsey Chisholm drew a walk to lead off the inning and Huckabay followed suit. Chisholm and Huckabay advanced on wild pitches and a second wild pitch brought home Chisholm and landed Huckabay at third. Making her first collegiate start as the designated player, Bianca Mora drew a walk to put runners on first and third. Stanford drew a walk to load the bases, signaling a pitching change for Santa Clara. Another walk from Krzus brought in Huckabay to move the score to 3-0 for the Jackets. With the bases still loaded and one out, a walk from sophomore Rebecca Prairie plated Mora. Hooper stepped up and drew a walk to drive in Stanford and make the score 5-0. The Broncos made their second pitching change of the inning. Chisholm drew a walk in her second at bat of the inning to score Krzus and push the tally to 6-0. With the bases loaded, a wild pitch brought in Prairie for the final score of the inning for the Jackets at 7-0.
Tech added to its tally in the fourth. Prairie drew a walk to lead off the inning and senior Draven Sonnon moved her to second with a walk. Hooper doubled to right field, driving in Prairie and sending Sonnon to third to bring the score to 8-0. Chisolm drew her third walk of the game to load the bases. Pinch hitting for Huckabay, senior Kendall Chadwick roped a double to center field, plating Sonnon and Hooper and putting Chisholm at third. With the score at 10-0, Ellebracht followed up Chadwick with a single to left field to bring in Chisholm bring Tech’s tally to 11-0.
Freshman Naomi Dickerson held off the Broncos in the top of the fifth for the run-rule win and her first shutout of the season.
Tech finishes its west coast road trip on Sunday with a single game against Santa Clara on the final day of the Matador Classic. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. ET. Live stats can be found here.