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#14 Virginia Tech Softball Sweeps Georgia Tech

Emma Lemley 1 VT ECU 2023 From VT
Connor Mardian | @ConnorMardian10
Softball Beat Reporter

The #14 Virginia Tech Hokies swept the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a three-game series, which saw them outscore Georgia Tech 20-7.

Game one took place Saturday in what would be the first of that day's doubleheader.

Sophomore Emma Lemley took control of the mound as she looked to continue her authoritative start to the season.

Jayme Bailey was first to open the scoring for the Hokies as her double to center raked in the previously walked Emma Ritter. Ritter would continue her scoring ways at the top of the second as her two-run RBI extended the Tech lead to an early 3-0. However, the scoring would not stop there, as a Cameron Fagan two-run home run would further the Hokie advantage to 5-0.

It would take until the bottom of the fourth for Georgia Tech to break through on the scoreboard when Sarah Allen hit a solo home run.

An Emma Kauf single would do just enough to send home Ella Edgmon to drop the Georgia Tech deficit to just three at the bottom of the fifth.

Ritter however, who finished the night with four RBIs, would find her final two RBIs thanks to a double that sent home Bre Peck and Addy Greene, which gave the Hokies a 7-2 lead.

Despite two late back-to-back home runs from Georgia Tech, they ultimately would fall 7-4 to the Hokies.

Game two would take place just minutes later as the Hokies were looking to keep their record against Georgia Tech flawless. It would be sophomore Molly Jacobson on the mound for Tech, although she would get replaced by Lemley midway through the bottom of the sixth.

It was an early stalemate for both sides as it took a Fagan third-inning single to give the Hokies their first of eight runs scored Saturday night. Addy Greene would be the next to add to the Hokie tally as her fourth-inning solo home run would take the Virginia Tech lead to two.

The action would be minimal until the bottom of the sixth, where three solo homers would be hit by Jayme Bailey, Bre Peck, and Kelsey Bennett.

Following a two-RBI single from Allen for Georgia Tech after that, the Hokies would bring in Lemley to patch up any holes in the Hokies defense.

Bre Peck who finished the night with four RBIs and two runs scored would cap off the Hokie victory as her three-run homer to centerfield cemented Virginia Tech’s second victory in a 8-2 win.

Game three would take place Sunday afternoon, with Emma Lemley on the mound for the Hokies.

It would only take until the top of the second for Tech to get on the scoreboard when Bre Peck would pick up where she left off, as her two-run home run would cement a Hokie lead that would never look in danger.

Two more solo home runs from Addy Greene and Teagan Thrunk at the top of the fourth, would extend the Hokies lead to 4-0.

A sole Madison Dobbins home run granted the Yellow Jackets their only run of the night.

Thrunk would finish the night compiling two RBIs with one run scored as she would go on to earn her second RBI on a sac fly that sent Kelsey Bennett home. This would seal the final run of the game in what would complete the Hokies' series sweep of the Yellow Jackets in a 5-1 victory.

The Hokies record now sits at 22-5 (8-1) following the sweep. They will take on out-of-conference foes in Charlotte and Chattanooga next.

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