Georgia Tech softball’s first weekend is in the books as they split their four-games against Providence, UMass-Lowell, and Jacksonville.
The 2019 softball season is underway and the Georgia Tech softball team had itself an up-and-down opening weekend of games. The Jackets traveled to Jacksonville, FL for the weekend to take part in the River City Leadoff.
The Jackets first two games of the series was against the Big East’s Providence. The Jackets would drop both games in heartbreakers to the Friars, both by the final score of 4-3. In game one against Providence, the Jackets got six decent innings out of starter Morgan Bruce, who allowed three runs over five hits and three walks. Drew Puckett drove in two runs for the Jackets in the loss.
In game two, the Jackets got a complete game start out of Amber Johns. Unfortunately, the Jackets were unable to provide enough offense. First baseman Tricia Awald provided most of the offense, driving in two runs.
After dropping both games against Providence, the Jackets bounced back in games three and four, taking down UMass-Lowell and Jacksonville.
Against UMass-Lowell, the Jackets pitching staff gave up eight runs but the offense came alive. Left fielder Skye Webb drove in four runs while Drew Puckett had another two RBI performance. The Jackets were able to survive a five-run, seventh inning by the River Hawks that tied the game at eight apiece before the Jackets won the game in the eighth inning.
The fourth and final game of the weekend came against Jacksonville. It was another rough pitching performance by the Jackets who gave up eight runs but once again the bats were alive. Second baseman Breanna Rodgers was the hero against Jacksonville as she knocked in SEVEN runs on five hits against the Dolphins. Katie Krzus and Tricia Alwald also knocked in three runs apiece for the Jackets. The Jackets came away with a 13-8 victory over Jacksonville and moved their record to 2-2.
Overall, it wasn’t an ideal weekend for the Jackets but there is definitely an argument to be made for them to be 4-0. Ultimately, that’s not what happened but the weekend could’ve definitely gone worse for the Jackets. Not ideal but not horrible.
The Jackets will have their first weekday game of the season on Wednesday when Georgia State visits the Jackets at 5 p.m.