THE FLATS – Despite falling behind early, Georgia Tech softball (11-7) scored four in the bottom of the sixth to complete the 8-6 comeback win over Detroit Mercy (3-11) on Sunday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets went 4-1 on the weekend and moved to 7-3 at home this season.
Head coach Aileen Morales says:
“It wasn’t pretty but we got it done and came away with the win. Not our best game defensively but I’m proud of how we stepped up on offense to overcome that.”
How it happened:
Sophomore Brooke Barfield got the start in the circle for the Jackets. She allowed Detroit Mercy to put three on the board, one unearned, walking in the third score in the first inning. With one out and the bases loaded, freshman Naomi Dickerson took over for Barfield, striking out two to get out of the jam and end the inning.
The Titans added two to their tally in the top of the second and Tech came into the bottom half of the inning trailing 5-0. Sophomore Rebecca Prairie responded for the Jackets, leading off the inning with a home run over right field with the first pitch she saw to put Tech on the board.
The Jackets plated three runs in the third, capitalizing on fielding errors by Detroit Mercy. Leading off the inning, Prairie singled up the middle to reach base, advancing to third on a double down the left field line from sophomore Crosby Huckabay. Junior Kaylee Ellebracht, reached on an error, plating Prairie. Freshman Jaydra von Behren took over for Huckabay at second as a pinch runner and senior Malea Bell fouled out to left field, advancing von Behren and Ellebracht on the play. Another error by the Titans allowed freshman Breanna Roper to reach base and scored von Behren. Freshman Cameron Stanford sent a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home Ellebracht for the final score of the inning at 5-4.
Detroit Mercy scored another in the top of the fifth as Dickerson walked in an unearned run. The run would be the final score for the Titans. Senior Emily Anderson entered the circle for the Jackets in the top of the sixth to finish the game earn the win for Tech.
With two outs on the board, Roper singled up the middle to reach base. Stanford drew a walk, moving Roper to second. Senior Draven Sonnon doubled down the left field line, scoring Roper from second and advancing Stanford to third. Junior Katie Krzus hit a two-RBI single, plating Stanford and Sonnon to take the lead for Tech at 7-6. Krzus advanced to second on the throw home. Freshman Saige Pye came up to the plate to pinch hit and Krzus stole third during her at bat. Pye sent a single to left field, scoring Krzus to move the final tally to 8-6.
Tech heads to Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, March 6 for a midweek matchup against in-state rival Georgia. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on SEC+.