ATLANTA, Ga. – The Tennessee State bats were held in check on Wednesday as Georgia Tech swept a pair of games in Atlanta. The Tigers avoided being no hit in the opener with a hit with two outs in the seventh, as they fell 6-0 to the Yellow Jackets. In the night cap, TSU would manage just four hits while GT went on to a 5-0 victory.
The first game started as a pitching duel with the Tigers the first to place runners on base. In the top of the second Lindsey Burgess and Joselynn Yates reached on a hit-by-pitch and walk, respectively, but were stranded on base.
The Tigers would not get another base runner until the seventh inning with two outs. Erica O’Kane came to the plate for the first time in the game and hit a ball that went off the tip of the glove of Tech’s diving third baseman. The ball trickled away and out of reach of the shortstop for the first hit of the game off starter Emily Anderson.
Lauren Woodard was equally as solid retiring the first seven batters of the game before issuing the first hit of the game. The junior pitcher would sit down the next two to end the threat.
Despite surrendering a hit-by-pitch and a walk in the fourth, Woodard entered the fifth with arguably her best performance of the season.
Georgia Tech would explode in the fifth inning as they scored five runs on five hits and a walk off Woodard. O’Kane entered in relief to record the final two outs. The freshman would allow a solo home run in the sixth and a pair walks during her outing.
Woodard was tagged with the loss and is now 2-9 on the season.
In the night cap, the Yellow Jackets would take advantage of a slow start by freshman pitcher Lauren Powell. GT started the bottom of the first with a walk, a single and back-to-back walks to take a 1-0 lead. Powell would settle in and retire 13 of the next 14 batters.
Georgia Tech would once again use a big fifth inning to take command of the game. Powell surrendered four runs on four hits and a hit-by-pitch allowing GT to take a 5-0 lead.
The Tigers would try to respond in their next at bat as they loaded the bases with one out. Singles by Burgess and Kasey Cox sandwiched a walk to Carionna Hassell which chased the Yellow Jackets starting pitcher. Anderson entered and fanned pinch hitters Kim Trice and Emma Colegrove to keep the Tigers at bay.
Powell suffered the lost while striking out three, as she fell to 3-5.
Hassell finished 1-for-2 on the day collecting a hit in the second inning, the first in game two for the Tigers. The sophomore was joined in the hit column by Burgess, Cox and Randi Marshall. The single by Marshall was the first in the career of the Jonesboro, Ga. native.
Burges became the Tigers career record holder in hit by pitches as she was plunked in the second inning of game number one. Burgess as been hit 28 times in her four-year career at TSU.
The Tigers and the Colonels will play a doubleheader on Fri., Mar. 18 with the first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m. CT. The series will close out with a single game on Sat., Mar. 19 at 12:00 p.m.