April 8, 2017
THE FLATS – In a game that featured a combined 23 runs on 14 hits, Georgia Tech softball (12-26, 5-9 ACC) fell 12-11 to NC State (13-25, 7-4) in game two of the series on Saturday afternoon.
How It Happened
After NC State took a 2-0 lead in the opening frame, the Jackets retaliated with a seven-run bottom of the first highlighted by a double from Jessica Kowalewicz and a bases clearing double by Karissa Arnold, four walks and a hit by pitch.
The Wolfpack got within two runs 7-5 with a three-run second inning, but the Jackets extended their lead to 11-5 with one run in the second and a three-run third inning thanks to a three-run bomb off the bat of Colleen Darragh.
NC State dug deep and chipped away at Tech’s lead with a five runs in the fourth and one run in each of the fifth and seventh innings for the 12-11 win.
Jenna Goodrich got the start for Tech, but gave way to Brooke Barfield after throwing 1.2 innings. Barfield (4-9) pitched the remaining 5.1 innings and give up seven runs and was pinned with the loss.
NC State used three pitchers in the win and Peyton Silverman (9-14) earned the win. She threw the last three innings and scattered two hits.
“We have to able to finish games better than we are currently,” head coach Shelly Hoerner said.
– Jessica Kowalewicz hit two doubles and has hit a double in the last five games; she went 3-for-4
– The Jackets turned their 16th double play of the season
– Darragh hit her fourth home run of the season and scored two runs
– Draven Sonnon went 2-for-4 with a run
– Kaylee Ellebracht scored a pair of runs
– Arnold and Darragh each had three RBI
The Jackets go for the series win on Sunday at 12 p.m. on the ACC Network Extra.
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