Anderson's strikeouts lead Georgia Tech past NCCU

Emily Anderson struck out a career-best 14 batters.
March 14, 2016

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THE FLATS - Sophomore pitcher Emily Anderson struck out a career-high 14 batters as the Georgia Tech softball team (6-14) defeated NC Central (1-19), 3-2, on Monday afternoon at Mewborn Field.

How It Happened
The Eagles got on the board first in the opening stanza and the Jackets answered in the bottom of the same frame. Pierannunzi singled, stole second and scored on a throwing error by the Eagle outfield.

NC Central regained the lead in the top of the third, but the Jackets scored a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings to take a 3-2 lead.

In the fourth inning, Courtney Ziese singled and pinch runner Sydney Stavro stole second and third. She scored on a single off the bat of Colleen Darragh.

Maddie Lionberger and Pierannunzi hit back-to-back singles to lead off the fifth inning. With Lionberger at third and Pierannunzi at second and one out, Katie Krzus' groundout brought Lionberger home to give the Jackets the 3-2 lead.  

Anderson (5-9) earned the win after throwing seven innings, surrendering two runs on three hits. NC Central's Jennifer Allison (0-8) suffered the loss after giving up three runs on six hits in four innings work.

"I thought Emily really took control of the game after the first inning," head coach Shelly Hoerner said. "She had a career-high strikeouts and she made adjustments. She and Kaylee Ellebracht worked well together, and I'm proud of how she refocused in the second inning.

"Sam and Maddie had great at bats. It was a 9-1 kind of punch. They did a great job getting on base. We talked about doing whatever it took to get on base and make things happen, and that's what they did."

Quick hits
- Emily Anderson had a career-high 14 strikeouts; her previous best was 10
- The Jackets out-hit the Eagles 6-to-3
- Maddie Lionberger went 2-for-2 with a run
- Samantha Pierannunzi went 2-for-3 with a run
- Courtney Ziese and Colleen Darragh each had a hit

Up Next
The Yellow Jackets are back in action Wednesday, March 16 with a doubleheader against Tennessee State beginning at 4 p.m.

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