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Tech Tops No. 11/13 Kentucky, Samford in Doubleheader

Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score

Birmingham, Ala. – Georgia Tech picked up two big wins, topping No. 11/13 Kentucky 7-1 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, before shutting out host Samford, 2-0, in the nightcap.

Game 1
Georgia Tech 7, No. 11/13 Kentucky 1

How it Happened: Tricia Awald, who went 2-for-2 with a walk, led off the second with a double and later scored from third on a throwing error. Then with two on, Ariella Jackson drove in Bailee Zeitler and Kennedy Cowden. The Jackets scored one more in the inning when Jackson scored on a Breanna Roper sac fly to put Georgia Tech up 4-0 early. Awald struck again with a two-run home run in the fifth, and Bianca Mora, who also homered yesterday against Kentucky, hit her second long ball in as many days in the sixth. Morgan Bruce allowed just one run in 5.2 innings, including a stretch when she retired seven straight batters, and Blake Neleman shut the door, going one and a third without allowing a hit.

Game 2
Georgia Tech 2, Samford 0

How it Happened: Neleman pitched a complete game shutout in her second career start, throwing a career-high nine strikeouts while allowing just four hits. The Jackets scored one in the third on an RBI double off the bat of Emma Kauf, and another in the seventh on a Kauf sac fly that scored Crosby Huckabay. That would be all Georgia Tech would need to get the win behind Neleman and the defense.

Georgia Tech will finish off the weekend tomorrow, facing host Samford again at 2:30 p.m. (ET). The game will be streaming on ESPN3.

Game Notes

  • The win over Kentucky was Georgia Tech’s first over a ranked opponent since 2015.
  • Blake Neleman set a new career high with nine strikeouts in her complete game shutout over Samford.
  • Tricia Awald’s home run against Kentucky was her first of the season. She also has a team-leading six doubles on the year.
  • Morgan Bruce picked up her third win of the season after allowing just one run on four hits over five and two-third innings against Kentucky.

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Ariella Jackson hits a two-run single to put Tech up 3-0 in the second

Tricia Awald hits her first home run of the season to give Tech a 6-0 lead

Bianca Mora hits her second home run in as many days

 

Blake Neleman gets the strikeout to close the door on the Wildcats

 

 

 

 

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