The Georgia Tech softball team went 2-2 over the weekend in the ACC/Big10 challenge with 2 wins over Indiana and 2 losses to #22 Nebraska.
Game 1 vs Nebraska: 6-5 Loss
The Yellow Jackets found themselves down 6-0 after giving up a five spot in the 3rd inning. In the top of the 4th the Yellow Jackets would make their run, with three walks and a fielders choice loading the bases for Tech.
Freshman Breanna Roper came to the plate and crushed a ball over the center field wall for her first career hit, home run, and grand slam. Fellow freshman Naomi Dickerson came on in the circle for relief holding the Cornhuskersd at 6 the rest of the game.
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In the top of the fifth junior Katie Krzus added a run for the Jackets with her own home run to left field. The Jackets would put the game tying run on base in each of the last three innings but were unable to bring any across. The Jackets showed great patience at the plate drawing a total of nine walks during the game. The loss was charged to sophomore Brooke Barfield who is now 0-1 on the year.
Game 2 vs Indiana: W 4-1.
In their second game of the day, Tech turned to Emily Anderson in the circle who came in to the game with an ERA just over 1.00. Tech got on the board first with an RBI single by Daven Sonnon in the bottom of the second. In the bottom of the 3rd the Jackets would load the bases with no one out. The Hoosiers would end up walking Rebecca Prairie and Katie Krzus to make it a 3-0 Tech lead. Kelsey Chisolm followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. Emily Anderson held the Hoosiers scoreless until the 7th, when Indiana hit a triple to left and then a double to the gap to score a run. Anderson however would strike out her last batter to finish the complete game win. Anderson’s final line was 7.0 IP 7 H 1 ER 7 K 2 BB. The win was also the Jacket’s first in the Aileen Morales era.
Game 3 vs Nebraska: 7-3 Loss
The Yellow Jackets started this game off with a bang as Crosby Huckaby hit a three run home run in the bottom of the first to give her team a 3-0 lead early. Nebraska would answer however with 6 runs in the 2nd inning.
Freshman Naomi Dickerson was in the circle to start the game but fellow freshman Cameron Stanford would relieve Dickerson in the 3rd and would work the rest of the way in her collegiate debut. Stanford allowed just a lone run to a very dangerous Cornhusker lineup, showing poise that should serve her well going forward. Emily Anderson would finish out the game in the top of the 7th but the Jackets couldn’t rally and fell to Nebraska for the second time over the weekend. The loss went to Naomi Dickerson who fell to 0-2. The Jackets committed four errors that helped contributed to their loss.
Game 4 vs Indiana: 4-1 win
Rebecca Prairie got the Jackets on the board first as the designated away team, in the top of the first, Prairie hit a sacrifice fly to score the Jackets’ first run. In the 2nd inning after a walk drawn by Lilly Hooper senior Kelsey Chisolm hit a two run home run her first hit of the season to make the Tech lead 3-0. Hooper would hit a home run of her own in the 4th inning to make the Tech lead 4-0. Emily Anderwson got her second start of the weekend and again only allowed one run that came in the 5th. She was relieved by Dickerson in the 7th who got the final 3 outs to secure the Jackets 2nd win of the season. Anderson earned the win with a final line of 6.0 IP 4 H 1 ER 8 K 4 BB.
Pitching: Emily Anderson had 2 strong starts and 1 appearance in relief. It is clear the Jackets will rely on her leadership in the circle this season. Freshman Naomi Dickerson pitched strong in her first appearance against Nebraska and earned the save against Indiana on Sunday. Coach Morales also has to be pleased with the innings she got from Cameron Stanford against Nebraska on Saturday.
Hitting: Georgia Tech seems like it will once again be a lineup with power in every spot as they hit 5 home runs from 5 different players. The Jackets also walked 21 times in the 4 games they played. If they start stringing together hits and keep their power this lineup will be very dangerous as they go into ACC play.
After picking up their first two victories of the season, the Yellow Jackets travel to Buies Creek, North Carolina on February 23rd to take part in the Camel Stampede. They are scheduled to play five games over the weekend, two against Fairfield, two against Campbell, and a game against La Salle.