On April 17-18 the Tech softball team hosted a series against ACC-rival Boston College in redshirt senior second baseman Jen Yee’s final home series. The Jackets clipped the Eagles in all three games improving their record to 41-6.
In the first game on Saturday Freshman pitcher Hope Rush started her 24th game of the season. Rush pitched five scoreless innings and only allowed two hits in leading the Jackets to a 9-0 win.
Rush started the game by retiring the first three Eagles batters in order, including a strikeout to end the first inning.
Tech wasted little time in rewarding Rush for her strong first inning by scoring two runs in the first inning. Yee lead off the inning with a single to right field and followed that up by stealing second base. Sophomore catcher Kate Kuzma intended to sacrifice bunt in order to move Yee up to third base. However, Boston College was unable to get Kuzma out at first and the Jackets had runners on the corners with nobody out. Sophomore shortstop Kelsi Weseman popped up a pitch but she did manage to hit the ball deep enough to score Yee from third for a sac fly. Junior first baseman Kristene Priebe singled to score Tech’s second run but a pair of strikeouts ended what could have been a big inning.
Rush retired the Eagles in the second with out much trouble and the Jackets added to their lead in the bottom of the frame. Junior center fielder Christy Jones singled to start the inning and Yee was hit by a pitch to put Jones in scoring position. After Weseman singled to give Tech a 3-0 advantage, Priebe drove a ball out to right center for a three-run homer. Rush followed Priebe with a homer of her own to give Tech a 7-0 lead.
Later in the inning, sophomore right fielder Jessica Sinclair singled to keep the rally going. Sophomore third baseman Danielle Dike followed her and hit Tech’s third homer of the inning. Dike’s shot was a two-run blast that put Tech up 9-0, a lead they would never relinquish.
In the later game on Saturday, Tech scored 11 runs on nine hits as Tech won the game 11-3.
Junior pitcher Kristen Adkins started the game for the Jackets and got into a bit of trouble in the first inning. Adkins allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base on a bunt single and Boston College took advantage of the early hit as an RBI single put them on top 1-0.
The scoring would go back and forth as Yee countered with a leadoff homer to tie the game at one and then Boston College hit a solo homer in the top of the second inning.
Tech was unable to answer in the bottom of the second and Boston College put up another run in the top of the third inning thanks to a wild pitch and a safety squeeze.
Tech re-took the lead in the bottom of the third inning with a nine run rally. After the leadoff hitter grounded out, Priebe was hit by a pitch to bring the tying to the plate. Rush walked to move Priebe into scoring position and Sinclair singled to score Tech’s first run of the inning. After an error, a walk, and another hit batter, Priebe came up to bat for her second time in the inning and hit her second three-run homer of the day.
Trailing 10-3 in the top of the fifth inning, Boston College tried to get something going as a sophomore pitcher Jessica Coan gave up a leadoff walk. The Eagles followed her mistake with a double to put two runners into scoring position with no outs. Coan managed to get out of the inning unscathed by getting two strikeouts and a fly out to end the inning and ultimately, end the game
After picking up the win on Saturday, Coan started Sunday’s game for the Jackets and pitched five innings and only gave up three hits. Coan had a career high with 13 strikeouts as the Jackets finished off the sweep with a 4-0 win. Tech used small consistent scoring innings to give Coan the lead early.
Yee led off the first inning with a single and Weseman brought her home with a single, and Adkins homered in the second inning to give the Jackets a 2-0 lead.
Weseman homered in the third and Yee hit her ACC record 24th home run in the fourth to put the Jackets up 4-0.
Tech finished the week by traveling to No. 11 ranked UGA for a mid-week game on Wednesday April 21. UGA ended Tech’s nine game winning streak by defeating the Jackets 6-3.
Coan started the game for the Jackets and she ran into trouble early in the game.
In the bottom of the first inning, UGA’s leadoff hitter Taylor Schlopy hit a homer to give the Bulldogs the lead. Another RBI later in the inning gave UGA a 2-0 advantage.
Coan got into trouble again in the second inning but she managed to escape a big inning and only gave up a sac fly RBI.
After leaving runners on base in the third inning, the Jackets finally got onto the scoreboard in the fourth inning. Priebe hit a one-out single, and Rush walked to give Tech a runner in scoring position. As it turned out, the runners’ positions did not matter as Sinclair homered to left tying the game at three.
Rush relieved Coan in the fourth inning, and the Bulldogs re-took the lead in the fifth. Schlopy walked to lead off the inning and a triple sandwiched between two singles allowed the Bulldogs to score three runs and hang on for the 6-3 win.<!--EndFragment-->