Bats Heat Up: Softball Beats NCCU, 7-0

Kelsey Chisholm hit a three-run home run.
March 15, 2016

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THE FLATS –.The Georgia Tech softball team (7-14) used eight hits to score seven runs to defeat the NC Central Eagles (1-20), 7-0, Tuesday afternoon at Mewborn Field.

How It Happened
The Jackets jumped out to a quick lead after scoring six runs on five hits in the opening frame. Samantha Pierannunzi drew a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on a single by Katie Krzus, who came out on top of a 12-pitch at bat.

Courtney Ziese followed with a single, and Kelsey Chisholm roped her first home run of the season to score three runs to give Georgia Tech a 4-0.

The Jackets put two additional runs on the board to take a 6-0 lead thanks to a double by Maddie Lionberger that scored Jessica Kowalewicz and Kaylee Ellebracht.

Georgia Tech added a run in the third inning as Kowalewicz was hit by a pitch and Ellebracht singled. The runners moved up on a groundout from Lionberger, and a passed ball brought Kowalewicz in for the 7-0 lead.

Jenna Goodrich (2-5) earned the win after striking out a career-high eight batters and pitching a three-hit shutout in seven innings.

London Booker (1-8) suffered the loss after allowing five runs on four hits in 0.1 innings pitched.

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“I thought we came out with a different mentality today,” head coach Shelly Hoerner said. “If you start off with a good mentality, things start to go your way. I liked how Sam is leading us off to get on base whether that’s a walk or a hit. She’s doing a great job as a leadoff. She goes; we go.

“I think Jenna pitched a great game and definitely kept them off balance. We changed our game plan a couple times throughout the game pitch-calling wise. She executed the plan well.”

Quick hits
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Freshman Jenna Goodrich struck out a career-high eight batters
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The Jackets used every player on the roster except pitcher Emily Anderson
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Sophomore Kelsey Chisholm hit her first home run of the year – a three-run bomb to left
- Eight different Yellow Jackets registered the eight hits
- Krzus, Pierannunzi, Ziese, Chisholm, and Ellebracht each scored a run; Kowalewicz crossed the plate twice
- Chisholm had three RBI, Lionberger had two and Krzus had one
- Pierannunzi drew two walks, while Sydney Stavro, Krzus and Ziese each had one walk

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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