Softball sweeps doubleheader against Georgia Tech | Sports

Virginia Tech Softball (21-5, 7-1 ACC) won both games of their doubleheader against Georgia Tech (15-11, 2-3 ACC) on Saturday, winning 7-4 and 8-2.

The Hokies scored five points before the Yellow Jackets hit the scoreboard in Game 1. In the top of the first inning, first baseman Jayme Bailey doubled to center field, scoring left fielder Emma Ritter.

Then Ritter added his own brace in the second inning, scoring shortstop Teagan Thrunk and center fielder Bre Peck. Later in the inning, second baseman Cameron Fagan hit a home run to right field, scoring Ritter.

Georgia Tech scored two runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but Ritter doubled in the sixth, scoring Peck and right fielder Addy Greene, opening the game.

Emma Lemley pitched all game opener for Tech, allowing 11 hits and four runs over seven innings. She walked zero batters, struck out six and threw 119 pitches. Lemley remains the Hokies’ most valuable arm, contributing to a 13-1 record and a 1.77 ERA over 87 innings.

The Hokies dominated Game 2, leading to an 8-2 victory. Fagan started the scoring in the third inning, slotting in the middle to lead receiver Kylie Aldridge. In the next inning, Greene hit a home run to right center field, taking a 2-0 lead.

However, this was the sixth round where Tech built their lead. Bailey, Peck and Bennett all homered for a 5-0 lead.

Peck tacked on another home run in the seventh inning, scoring Bailey and pinched runner Jenna Pearson.

Molly Jacobson pitched the first 5.2 innings for the Hokies, allowing five hits and two runs. She recorded three strikeouts and faced 21 batters, throwing 82 pitches and earning the victory.

Lemley came back to pitch the final 1.1 innings of the game, nailing on 11 pitches for a total of 130 pitches on the day. She allowed no runs and recorded one strikeout, facing four batters.

The Hokies and Yellow Jackets meet in Atlanta, Ga., on Sunday at 1 p.m.


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