April 18, 2013
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech used a pair of multi-run innings to take both games from Southern Miss on Thursday in a midweek doubleheader from the Mewborn Softball Field.
Georgia Tech (21-24) broke open a pitcher's duel in the third with three singles and plated three runs, two unearned, to take the opener 4-0. Southern Miss (11-35) had three singles including two from freshman Sarah Evans.
In the nightcap, Tech pulled away behind a four-run, three-hit third inning to complete the doubleheader sweep. Evans added another single to run her total to three for the day to lead the team offensively. Mackenzie Sher got a two-out, bases-loaded single to make it 7-1 in the seventh but Tech relayed the ball back into the infield in time to make the final out at home.
Southern Miss is back on the diamond on Saturday when they head south to jump back into Conference USA play against Central Florida. Game time for Saturday's doubleheader is set for a Noon start.
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For the first two innings, it was a pitcher's duel between Beth Dietrich and Hope Rush and ran hitless until three singles in the bottom of the third, including a two-out RBI liner up the middle from Alysha Rudnik, gave Tech a 1-0 lead.
With runners on first and second, a Golden Eagle fielding error on a would-be inning ending pop up allowed Hope Rush to reach safely and another run to come across to make it 2-0. One batter later, a single into left field pushed the lead to 3-0 before Dietrich got a swinging strikeout to end the inning.
The Golden Eagles broke Rush's no-hit bid in the fourth as Sarah Evans and Katie Cleary each singled back up the middle, but the Yellow Jackets turned a double play, first to third, for two quick outs before a fly out in right field ended the threat.
Tech added to their lead in the fifth on a two-out RBI single up the middle from Katie Johnsky to drive in Rudnik who began the inning with a double to the right center gap.
In the sixth, Evans laced her second hit of the game but became the third runner left on base for the Golden Eagles after Rush pitched her way out of the inning.
A deep fly ball needed about six more feet to leave the park in the seventh off the bat of Danielle LaPointe, but it stayed in and Southern Miss was unable to plate a run the rest of the way.
Dietrich, who has pitched her best games late this season, suffered the loss, throwing six innings while giving up seven hits
Georgia Tech plated the first run of the game again in the nightcap off a sacrifice fly from Rudnik to drive in Thomas from third.
The Yellowjackets added to their lead in the third after a walk and two singles loaded up the bases on freshman hurler Emily Wood who issued a four pitch walk to Rudnik to walk in a run and make it 2-0. Wood got a double play ball off the bat of Rush but another run came across to make it 3-0 before a two-out triple from Katie Johnsky cleared the bases to make it 5-0.
A fielder's choice off the bat of Thomas in the fourth made it 6-0 as pinch runner Kaitlin Kates avoided the tag at the plate after the relay came in from Southern Miss shortstop Morgan McKeever.
Southern Miss got a two-out double from the freshman Cleary, her second of the season, but a fly ball deep to right field that would have carried out earlier in the day, died short of the wall to keep the Tech shutout intact.
Tech pushed its lead to 7-0 in the fifth inning on a two-out single through the left side from Karly Fullem to drive in Johnsky from second.
Things got interesting for Southern Miss in the seventh when McKeever drew a two-out walk before Evans took a ball to the back to put runners at first and second. With only one free base, Tech issued another walk to load them up. After meeting in the circle, Mackenzie Sher ripped a single up the middle to make it 7-1 but Tech relayed the ball back in to make the final out at home on the play.
Wood (0-5), pitching near her hometown of Suwanee, Ga., for the first time this season, took the loss on three innings of work. The freshman gave up five runs on five hits while walking three and striking out one. Kylie Kleinschmidt (5-4) earned the complete game victory after holding the Golden Eagles to one run on three hits and issued five walks with three strikeouts.