South Carolina Edges Georgia Tech, 3-1

Samantha Pierannunzi hit her second home run of the season.
Feb. 28, 2016

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif.  – The Georgia Tech softball team (2-9) fell to South Carolina (13-2), 3-1, in the teams’ final game of the Gaucho Classic hosted by UC Santa Barbara on Sunday.

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“I thought we played a good team very well today,” head coach Shelly Hoerner said. “I thought Emily [Anderson] pitched well, and I thought we played good defense. We’ve got to make some adjustments hitting wise, but I’m proud of the way we played overall against a good South Carolina team.”

How It Happened
In the bottom of the opening stanza, South Carolina tallied two hits and a walk with no outs to load the bases. A sacrifice fly to center for the Gamecocks brought in one, before the Jackets could end the inning.

In the top of the third with two outs, Samantha Pierannunzi took a first pitch offering over the centerfield wall for her second home run of the season and tied the game 1-1.

In the bottom of the same frame, South Carolina regained the lead, 2-1, thanks to a single to the left side, which scored a runner from second. The Gamecocks tacked on an additional run to go up 3-1 in the fifth inning.

Emily Anderson (2-5) suffered the loss, allowing three runs with five strike outs in six innings pitched. South Carolina’s Jessica Elliott (9-0) earned the win throwing the first five innings before being relieved by Nicki Blue who earned the save.

Quick hits
Kaylee Ellebracht caught a runner stealing for the first in her career
Samantha Pierannunzi hit her second home run of the season and the fifth for Tech this season

Up Next
The Yellow Jackets return to Atlanta to host Mercer in a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m. Georgia Tech begins ACC play Saturday, March 5 at Louisville.  

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