ATLANTA – A pair of big innings proved to be too much to overcome on Saturday (May 1) as Virginia (15-32, 10-26 ACC) fell to Georgia Tech (18-25, 10-19 ACC) by a score of 6-2 in game three of the weekend series.
The Yellow Jackets pushed three runs home in the third and three more in the fifth to grab the victory.
Aly Rayle (3-8) took the loss for the Cavaliers. Rayle (Herndon, Va.) allowed three runs on three hits with no walks and a strikeout in 3.0 innings of work.
Blake Neleman (11-7) picked up the victory, allowing one run on two hits with two walks and nine strikeouts through 6.0 innings of work. Morgan Bruce picked up the save, her second of the season, as she recorded the final out after entering with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh inning.
Georgia Tech struck first with an RBI double in the third and then used the long ball for the third straight game to put together a big inning, adding a two-run shot before Virginia would end the inning.
The Yellow Jackets extended the lead in the fifth inning, using an RBI hit and capitalizing on an error to push three more runs home and take the lead to 6-0.
Virginia got on the board in the sixth with a sac fly from Katie Goldberg (Atlanta, Ga.) that scored Arizona Ritchie (Stafford, Va). Ritchie reached on a double to set up the score on the Goldberg fly ball. The Cavaliers would go on to add one more run in the seventh when Ritchie drew a bases-loaded walk to score Tori Gilbert (Mechanicsville, Va), but Virginia would get no closer.
NOTES ON THE GAME
• Katie Goldberg has now driving in two of the three runs scored by the Cavaliers this weekend at Georgia Tech.
• Arizona Ritchie has now scored two of the three runs scored by Virginia at Georgia Tech in the series.
FROM HEAD COACH JOANNA HARDIN
“We have one more opportunity to reset ourselves and keep fighting for our season. I truly believe in our team; that we are capable of bouncing back after another tough day and coming out tomorrow to compete hard against a good Georgia Tech team. If we can keep learning and making adjustments, we have a great opportunity to take steps forward in building our program.”
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
Virginia and Georgia Tech will conclude the series on Sunday (May 2) with a single game at noon on ACCNX.