Seventh-inning home run lifts Georgia Tech past Softball, 3-2
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Georgia Tech junior third baseman Brittany Barnes blasted a leadoff home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and lift the 17th-ranked Yellowjackets to a 3-2 victory over No. 18 Texas Friday afternoon at the NCAA Gainesville Regional.
The loss dropped the Longhorns to 33-19 on the season and moved UT into the loser's bracket where it will take on Stetson at 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, May 19. Georgia Tech's victory improved the Yellowjackets to 54-14 on the year and moved them in to the winner's bracket against the Florida/Stetson winner.
Georgia Tech got on the board early, using three hits and a Texas error in the first to claim an early 2-0 advantage. Shortstop Aileen Morales led off the first with a single through the middle and stole second, before advancing on Caitlin Lever's single and scoring on an error by Brittany Chalk. Jackets' catcher Savannah Brown followed Lever with a double down the leftfield line, scoring Lever to give Georgia Tech a two-run edge.
Horns' starter Meagan Denny retired Kristina Hull on a come-backer line-out for the second out in the first, but the line drive knocked Denny from the game. Freshman righthander Erin Tresselt (11-3) came on in relief of Denny and held the Yellowjackets scoreless for the next 5.1 innings.
The Longhorns offense got things going in the fifth, using a leadoff double by freshman leftfielder Brittany Chalk to start the rally. Sophomore third baseman Kelly Melone followed with a walk, before centerfielder MicKayla Padilla advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Chalk then came home on a wild pitch by Jackets' starter Tiffany Johnson, narrowing the GT lead to 2-1.
Senior first baseman Jacqueline Williams kept the Texas offense going in the sixth, hammering a game-tying one-out home run to right centerfield that knotted the score at 2-2. Chalk added a single in the inning, but she was stranded on first when the Horns' rally ended.
Tresselt suffered the loss for the Longhorns, after scattering four hits -- including the game-winning blast -- in 5.1 innings of work. Georgia Tech starter Tiffany Johnson (17-6) went the distance for the Yellowjackets, tossing a complete game five-hitter, while walking four and striking out five.
Williams and Chalk anchored the Texas offense on the day, posting a pair of two-for-two, one-run performances. Chalk made her first career start in the game and her double in the fifth marked her first career extra-base hit.
TEXAS POSTGAME QUOTES
Senior Jacqueline Williams
Freshman Erin Tresselt
GEORGIA TECH QUOTES
Sophomore Tiffany Johnson
On her wild pitch: What really happened was that one of those Florida bugs that fly around attached to each other (love bugs) flew in my eye so I closed my eye!
Junior Brittany Barnes