Softball team continues to struggle falling to 20-30 on the year|
By Prezre Lease
Back from failed Campus Life stint
April 23, 1999
The softball team continued to struggle last week, dropping a double-header to Troy State on Sunday and then falling to Mississippi State on Wednesday, both games at Glenn Field.
Troy State defeated the Jackets by scores of 5-2 and 4-0. The Trojans won despite being out hit 17-12 by the Yellow Jackets.
In the first contest, TSU third baseman Felicia Herbert struck for a two-RBI double in the top of the third inning to put the Trojans on the board and shortstop Staci Boyette had a RBI single to put Troy State ahead to stay 3-0.
Catcher Anne Knobbe countered with a RBI single in the bottom of the frame for Tech, but the Jackets would not get any closer. Troy State added a single runs in the fourth and seventh innings on Tech throwing errors that otherwise would have kept the Trojans from scoring. Tech stranded runners on second and third base in the sixth inning and scored one run in the bottom of the seventh on an throwing error by Troy State Boyette paced the Trojans by going 2-for-3 with a RBI and first baseman Bambi Sellars with 2-for-3. Tech stranded seven runners in the game and four players each had two hits, with Knobbe going 2-for-3 with a RBI. Center fielder Heather Sumrow and designated player Beth Warren were each 2-for-4 with a run scored and left fielder Lauren Schwartz contributed two hits.
In the night cap, Troy State's Kim Unkenholz and Allison Linderman combined to shut out Tech, but the Yellow Jackets still out hit the Trojans 7-6. Troy State broke on top with three runs in the fourth inning as three bases on balls issued by Tech starter Beth Warren all proved to markers for the Trojans. Herbert had a RBI groundout and right fielder Peggy Swift contributed a two-RBI single in the frame. Second baseman Renie Mitchell had a RBI double in the sixth inning to close out the scoring for Troy State. Tech stranded nine base runners in the contest and left potential runs on third base in the third, fourth and sixth innings. In the bottom of the sixth, Knobbe walked to start the inning and right fielder Kori Jacobson singled to put Jackets on the corners, but Linderman, who won the first game, came on in relief to end the threat with a strikeout and groundout and surrounded just one hit in the seventh inning. Boyette was 2-for-3 at the plate and Swift was 1-for-4 with two RBI for the Trojans, while Jacobson and first baseman Abby Bickford each had two hits for the Jackets.
On Wednesday, Mississippi State used a pair of home runs take a 5-0 decision from the Jackets. The Bulldogs improved to 28-21 overall, while the Yellow Jackets fell to 20-30 on the season.
Mississippi State broke on top with a two-out, two-run homerun in the third inning from second baseman Jenny Hehnke.
Tech recorded two outs and designated player Keri McCallum singled to right field, and then Hehnke followed with a linedrive down the right field line. After a meeting of the umpires, it was ruled the ball hit the foul pole, which gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. In the sixth inning, Mississippi State's Kellie Wilkerson hit a one-hit home run to center field to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. After a single and fielder's choice put runners on first and second, a wild pitch and throwing error allowed another MSU run to cross the plate. The Bulldogs added their last run on an RBI groundout by Hehnke in the top of the seventh inning.
Tech was led by left fielder Lauren Schwartz, who was 2-for-3, and Erin Hawley, Kori Jacobson each contributed one hit. Ellen Styer produced a double. Starting pitcher Mimi Utt suffered the loss, and fell to 11-21 on the year, and just three of her four runs allowed were earned. Hehnke went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored for the Bulldogs and McCallum was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Autumn Anderson gained the victory and moved to 17-10 on the year.
Tech returns to action when it hosts North Carolina in a two-game Atlantic Coast Conference series Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.