ATLANTA (March 21) – In their Atlantic Coast Conference opener, the Georgia Tech (15-18, 0-2) dropped two games to visiting Maryland (14-13, 2-0) softball team by the scores of 7-3, and 9-5.
Georgia Tech’s offense struggled all afternoon as they left 18 runners on base and ACC batting and RBI leader Anne Knobbe went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position on the afternoon.
The Yellow Jackets kept game one close, as the game was tied through five innings at one run a piece. But the Terrapins would take the lead with two runs in the top of the six behind two critical Yellow Jackets errors and on an RBI single by Annmarie Browne. Maryland blew the game open in the top of the seventh adding four runs on five hits, including a home run by Michelle Burrell.
Georgia Tech would mount a charge by placing two runs on the board in the bottom of the seventh, behind a two-run home run by Erin Hawley, but it did not prove to be enough. Tiffany Goodman (7-10) received the loss for the Yellow Jackets as she gave up seven runs on twelve hits and struck out three.
Game two saw the Terrapins jump out to an early three run lead as Beth Radford belted a three run home-run in the top of the first. Maryland added to their score in the top of the fourth by posting four runs on five hits.
Tech got on the board in the bottom of the fourth and fifth scoring one in each inning receiving two-out RBI singles from Ellen Styer and Lindsay Wood. The Terrapins put the game out of reach by adding two runs in the top of the seventh off of a two-run dinger by Jillian Callaway.
The Yellow Jackets added three runs in the bottom of the seventh with RBI singles from Styer, Lindsay Wood and Lauren Schwartz.
The Yellow Jackets return to action at 4 p.m. Wednesday playing host to Connecticut (9-7) in a single-game at Glenn Field.