The Georgia Tech softball team took on 12th ranked Alabama on Wednesday night and narrowly fell in a hard fought loss.
The Yellow Jackets welcomed 12th ranked Alabama into Atlanta Wednesday night. The Tide and the Jackets traded 1-2-3 innings in the 1st but in the top of the 2nd a lead off walk would come back to bite the Jackets as a 2 run home run would give Alabama a 2-0 lead. The game stayed that way until the Jackets put runners on 1st and 3rd with two outs in the bottom of the 5th
. In a crazy at bat Kelsey Chisholm saw a RBI infield hit get reversed to a foul ball and what appeared to be an inning ending swing and miss reversed to a foul tip. Shaking away the drama Chisholm came through with a RBI single that made it a 2-1 Alabama lead.
The Jackets would put runners on base in each of the final two innings but couldn’t get a timely hit to overcome the Crimson Tide, who added another run on a solo shot in the 7th.
Alabama might be the best team on the Yellow Jackets schedule this year, and they couldn’t have played them at a better time. The Yellow Jackets were on a six game winning streak and had won 12 of 13. They were confident on both sides of the ball and you could see it.
The difference was the little things, a lead off walk, and two mistake pitches were the difference. It may seem harsh and knit picky, but those little things get magnified when playing a team like Alabama.
The Jackets now know they can compete with that level of play. There were opportunities on the table to win this game. On one hand that stings to be so close but on the other it’s a shot of confidence knowing what you’re capable of. This is the level of play that is going to be required to compete for an ACC title which is looking more and more like a realistic conversation.
The Jackets host their first ACC series against NC State this weekend.