The Georgia Tech softball team won three of five over the weekend, improving their season record to 6-10 on the season.
The Georgia Tech softball team had a good weekend overall, winning three of five possible games. The Yellow Jackets who entered the weekend slate with a 3-8 record, looked to potentially get to a .500 record by Sunday night.
In their way was the Omaha Mavericks, Radford Highlanders and Illinois Fighting Illini. Here’s a quick look at how each game went down for the Yellow Jackets.
As we recapped on Friday, the Yellow Jackets the Omaha Mavericks on Friday in both games of their doubleheader. That being said, the recaps of the Omaha double header will be significantly shorter than those against Radford or Illinois.
In game one against Omaha, Brooke Barfield pitched seven spectacular innings, leading the Yellow Jackets to a 5-1 victory. Jacket’s shortstop Kelsey Chrisholm went deep in the first game against Omaha, hitting a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning.
Game two would need extra innings as Emily Anderson along with help from Jennna Goodrich shutout Omaha for seven innings.
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Omaha would keep the Yellow Jackets shutout as well, giving up just five hits throughout the entire game.
After Goodrich allowed a run in the top of the eighth inning to Omaha, the Mavericks would allow Jessica Kowalewic to score on an error to the game. The very batter, Kendall Chadwick would allow Malae Bell to score on a RBI single up the middle to win the game.
The Yellow Jackets entered Saturday winners of four of their last five and hoping to get closer to a .500 record.
Radford, however, had different plans in game one as the Highlanders allowed just four hits in game one. Brooke Barfield took the mound once again for the Yellow Jackets and had a rough day allowing nine hits and two walks while allowing four runs. Two of the nine hits that Barfield allowed resulted in solo home runs.
Radford starter Abby Morrow pitched a complete game shutout for the Highlanders. Over the course of her seven innings, Morrow allowed just four hits while striking seven Yellow Jackets in the process.
The second game of Saturday’s doubleheader went a little more smoothly for Georgia Tech. After being shutout in game one of the doubleheader, the Yellow Jackets behind Emily Anderson and Jenna Goodrich threw a shutout of their own. Not only was it a shutout for the Yellow Jackets, but the duo only allowed one hit and three walks throughout the game.
Offensively, the Jackets struggled once again mustering just three runs on six hits. Malea Bll had two of the six hits for the Yellow Jackets including a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning that gave the Yellow Jackets their 3-0 lead.
For the third time in the 2017 season, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets met up with the Illinois Fighting Illini on Sunday. Heading into the game against Illinois, the Yellow Jackets were hoping to move into two games within .500, and seek revenge for two early losses this season against the Illini. However, like the first two times the two schools met this year, Illinois walked away with a victory on Sunday
While the Yellow Jackets bats finally seemed to come alive on Sunday, scoring six runs on seven hits, the Illini came out swinging early and often.
The first inning against Illinois featured three home runs, the first home run of the day came off the bat of Illini left fielder Nicole Evans, a three-run shot. In the bottom of the first, Samantha Pierannunzi and Jessica Kowalewicz got two runs back for the Jackets on back-to-back home runs.
For a while it seemed as the Yellow Jackets found their groove, scoring three more unanswered runs giving themselves a 5-3 lead heading into the fifth. After that however, it was all Illini as Illinois scored seven runs over the course of the next three innings, the Yellow Jackets only able to respond with one.
Both Jenna Goodrich and Emily Anderson struggled on the mound, giving up nine and six hits each. The 10-6 loss to Illinois moved the Yellow Jackets down to four games below .500, sitting with a 6-10 record heading into a three-game slate against Florida State next weekend.
Sunday’s affair with Illinois marked the seventh game against a Big Ten school wih two games coming against both Penn State and Iowa. In those seven games, the Yellow Jackets won just two games, both against Iowa while being outscored 42-23.