The Flats – Georgia Tech Softball (1-0, 0-0 ACC) defeated Villanova (0-1, 0-0 Big East) 3-2 on Thursday afternoon at Shirley Clements Mewborn Field to advance to 2024. We started the season with a win. In the top of the seventh inning, catcher Reece Hunter used Jin Sileo’s powerful relay pitch to stop the Villanova runner trying to tie the game, and the Jackets capped off their victory with an amazing defense. First time this year.
- Tech remained perfect against Villanova and holds a 3-0 overall record in the series.
- Georgia Tech improved its overall record to 85-31 in the Buzz Classic.
- The Jackets went 21-17 in the opener.
- Kinsey Norton made his first career Opening Day start and pitched 3.0 innings, tying a career best with four strikeouts.
- Jadyn Studebaker pitched four scoreless innings in relief and recorded his first career win.
- Chandler Dennis pitched the final 3.0 innings, earning his first save of the season and sixth of his career.
- Her six career saves are tied with Blake Neleman and seven other Jackets for five.th Most in program history.
- Sarah Beth Allen reached base in all three at-bats, recording two walks and an RBI double in the third inning.
- Three of the first four batters in the Jackets’ lineup had multiple hits: Ella Edgemon, Madison Dobbins, and Abby Hughes.
- Sileo also added multiple hits in nine at-bats. He goes 2-3 in RBIs.
how did it happen
The Jackets used three pitchers throughout the contest, all of whom contributed important aspects of the victory. Junior Kinsey Norton made his first career Opening Day start, handling the first three Villanova batters in order and pitching three scoreless innings. She had two strikeouts in both the second and third innings and finished with four strikeouts, tying her single-game career high. Sophomore Jaydyn Studebaker started in the fourth inning and pitched a scoreless game to earn her first win as a Yellow Jacket. Senior Chandler Dennis took over as a pinch hitter for Studebaker in the fifth inning and pitched two scoreless innings, then fought his way through the seventh inning and earned the sixth save of his career.
Senior Jin Sileo picked up the momentum in the top of the second inning and made smart plays to get the Jackets out of a predicament with the bases loaded. The next half inning, Sileo stepped up to the plate with two outs, lined the first pitch she saw to right-center field, and drove home Sarah Beth Allen, who had walked three batters before, to score Tech. I let him pitch. Allen added an insurance marker in the third inning, sending the ball over the left-center wall with two outs to bring in Abby Hughes. Sileo seized his chance in the top of the fourth, making a highlight-reel jumping catch to end the inning at shortstop and keep the momentum going in the Tech dugout. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the two-out magic happened again, as Ella Edgemon singled to center field for the winning RBI.
The Jackets will continue the 2024 Buzz Classic tomorrow with two games against No. 11 Alabama (4 p.m.) and again against Villanova (6 p.m.). Both games will be broadcast on ACCNX.
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