Virginia Falls 8-6 In Series Finale At Georgia Tech
Box Score April 24, 2016
ATLANTA – It took 11 innings to decide things, but a walk-off home run gave the Yellow Jackets the win as Virginia (18-30, 7-11 ACC) fell to Georgia Tech (19-29, 5-12 ACC) by a score of 8-6 on Sunday in the series finale.
Virginia claimed the weekend series with a sweep of the Saturday doubleheader, posting a 6-0 win in game one and a 13-1 win in five innings in game two.
Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.) suffered the loss, falling to 13-19 on the season. She allowed the eight runs on 10 hits with three walks and six strikeouts through 10.2 innings of work.
Allie Arneson (Aledo, Texas) opened the game with a double off the wall in right center before coming home on a single up the middle from Allison Davis (Oak Hill, Va.) to put the Cavaliers on the board. Davis went to second on the play as the Yellow Jackets went home on the play.
Iyana Hughes (Manteca, Calif.) drew a two-out walk and stole second to put two in scoring position before Danni Ingraham (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) brought them both home with a double off the wall in right field.
Virginia held the 3-0 lead after the top of the first.
Georgia Tech pushed a run home in the third, using a leadoff double and a sac bunt to get a runner to third. A groundout kept her at third, but a dropped pop up on the third out allowed the run to score as the Yellow Jackets got on the board.
Virginia got a run back in the fourth inning when Davis delivered a bases-loaded single with two outs to take the lead out to 4-1. Fitzgerald then laced a two-RBI single down the right field line to extend the lead as the Cavaliers moved out to the five-run lead.
The Yellow Jackets took advantage of a wild pitch and a passed ball on back-to-back pitches with two outs to put a runner on third. A run came home on a single to left center, but Davis threw out the lead runner at third to end the inning as Georgia Tech cut the lead to 6-2.
A fifth-inning rally by the Yellow Jackets erased the lead as Georgia Tech once again crossed the plate with two outs. With runners at first and second, Courtney Ziese delivered an RBI single through the right side to cut the lead to 6-3. Virginia came home with the throw, allowing the two trailing runners to advance into scoring position.
Colleen Daragh then hit a three-run shot to left field to tie the game at six.
Virginia got runners in scoring position in five consecutive innings – including a bases-loaded situation with one out in the 10th and two outs in the 11th – but Georgia Tech escaped the jam each time.
The Yellow Jackets broke the stalemate in the 11th with a final two-out rally. Pinch hitter Jordan Deep drew a walk before Samantha Perannunzi hit a two-run shot to center field to give Georgia Tech the walk-off win.
The Cavaliers return to action on Wednesday (April 27) hosting George Mason in a doubleheader to close out the home portion of the schedule. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at The Park and admission is free.
Georgia Tech 8, Virginia 6 (Apr 24, 2016 at Atlanta, Ga.)
Virginia………… 300 300 000 00 – 6 11 1 (18-30, 7-11 ACC)
Georgia Tech…….. 001 140 000 02 – 8 10 0 (19-29, 5-12 ACC)
Pitchers: Virginia – Lacy Smith; Erika Osherow(1) and Katie Park. Georgia Tech – Goodrich, J and Ellebracht.
Win-Goodrich, J(8-15) Loss-Erika Osherow(13-19) T-3:11 A-631
HR GT – Pierannunzi (6); Darragh, C (3).
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