Softball's Win Streak Ends in Sweep by Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets (23-27) blanked the Eagles (28-24) 5-0 in game one and took game two 10-4.
“I feel like if you take away one inning in each game, we lose by one in game one and we’re in the second game,” said GSU head coach Natalie Poole. “The first game I don’t feel like we were very intense and we didn’t come out ready for what they had to offer.”
Georgia Tech pounded out 24 hits in the doubleheader, led by Whitney Haller, who went 6-for-7 with five RBI, and Aileen Morales who had four hits including two home runs.
The Eagles had six hits in game one and had a runner reach base in every inning except the seventh, but only two reached third and none scored.
“We had runners on a lot and we had them in scoring position, we just couldn’t capitalize on it,” said Poole. “Most of our strikeouts came when we had runners in scoring position.”
GSU sophomore Lindsey Hopkins (McDonough, Ga.) went 2-for-2 with a triple.
Georgia Tech jumped on GSU starter Melissa Laliberte (Cobourg, Ontario, Canada) early, opening the game with three straight singles and a walk. Haller drove home two with a double.
Laliberte (14-8) settled down after that and permitted just a solo homer by Morales in the sixth.
“I thought outside of the first inning she pitched a pretty good game,” said Poole. “She threw too many pitches and she didn’t throw a first-pitch strike as often as I would have liked, but I thought that she hung in there.”
Whitney Humphreys (12-13) scattered six hits and fanned eight to get the complete-game victory.
Morales wasted little time in getting the Yellow Jackets on the scoreboard in game two, leading off with a roundtripper off the left-field foul pole, the first of three first-inning runs.
The Eagles answered with two in the first and one in the second to tie the game at 3-3, but Georgia Tech broke it open with a six-spot in the third, including a two-run shot by Haller.
Georgia Southern junior Amanda Hall (Haddock, Ga.) recorded half of the team’s hits with a 3-for-4 performance and a RBI.
Humphreys (13-13) earned the win in relief in game two while freshman Megen Smith (Springfield, Ga.) took the loss (10-8).
Georgia Southern returns to Southern Conference play this weekend hosting Western Carolina in a three-game series.
- Category: Softball
- Published on Wednesday, 16 April 2008 00:25