Jackets' bats lead in sweep
Weseman sixth Tech player to hit 20 home runs in a season
ATLANTA - Kelsi Weseman went 6-for-7 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and seven RBIs as No. 19 Georgia Tech (44-8, 18-1 ACC) swept Florida State (26-26, 8-10), 11-3 in five innings (game one) and 7-2 (game two) on Saturday afternoon at Mewborn Field. The wins extended Tech’s ACC-record winning streak in conference series to 24.
Christy Jones and Ashley Thomas each had four hits as Thomas added five RBIs and extended her career-high hitting streak to 11 games. Kristine Priebe added three hits and two RBIs as the Yellow Jackets out-hit Florida State 18-7 on the day.
Game one saw the Yellow Jackets score 10 earned runs off FSU ace Sarah Hamilton, seven coming in the second inning. Weseman led the offense, going 3-for-3 with her 20th home run of the season and five RBIs. She was a double shy of the cycle. Thomas went 2-for-3 with two RBIs while Jones and Jessica Sinclair added two hits apiece. Kristen Adkins (20-5) picked up the win after allowing three earned runs on five hits with three walks and a strikeout.
Tech loaded the bases with no outs on a walk, single and hit batsman. Sinclair gave the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 lead with a RBI single to left field and two batters later, Thomas drove in two runs with a single to right field. On the next pitch, Weseman blasted a three-run home run to left-center field to put Tech up 7-0. It was her team-high 20th home run of the season, and she became the sixth Yellow Jacket to hit 20 home runs in a season.
Thomas, as well as Caitlin Jordan, each extended their career-high hitting streaks to 10 games in that second inning.
Florida State got three runs back in the third inning on a hit batsman with the bases loaded and then Kristie McConn's two-run single up the middle to cut the deficit to 7-3.
Hamilton enjoyed a 1-2-3 inning in the third but the Tech bats came right back in the fourth inning. Weseman added a two-run triple and Priebe followed with a RBI double as the Jackets opened up a 10-3 lead.
Tech ended the game in the fifth inning on a RBI single by Jones.
In game two, the Yellow Jackets scored seven unanswered runs to complete the sweep. Weseman was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs while Jones, Thomas and Priebe added two hits apiece. Lindsey Anderson (12-0) went the distance, scattering five hits, walking three and striking out seven. Florida State jumped on the board first as Jen Lapicki crushed a two-run homer to left field.
The Yellow Jackets came back with four two-out runs in the second inning to take a 4-2 lead. Thomas had a two-run single and Weseman made it 4-2 with a two-run double that hit the top of the fence in left-center field and bounced back in the field.
Kate Kuzma extended the lead to 5-2 when she led off the third inning with a home run, her fifth of the season. Tech added a run in the fourth inning as well on an RBI groundout by Thomas for a 6-2 lead.
The Jackets rounded out their scoring with a Priebe RBI single in the sixth.