TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets belted eight hits on their way to a 7-0 win over Florida State Friday afternoon in Game 6 of the Tallahassee Regional. With the win, Georgia Tech advanced in the winner’s bracket to Game 9 to be played on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. vs. the winner of tonight’s Chattanooga/Florida Atlantic game.
“Everything is coming together, everybody is playing together,” Georgia Tech Kate Madden said. “It’s not only Jess (Sallinger), who is pitching out of her mind, but the defense is still playing awesome and everybody is stepping up at the plate. We had two pinch-hits where our girls are coming in ripping the ball. It is so obvious to me that they want to win.”
The Yellow Jackets, who improved to 51-16, wasted no time getting things going offensively. With the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the first inning, Lindsay Wood drove in the first run with a single to left field. What followed were two straight Florida State errors, which resulted in two more Tech runs. Tara Neff’s two-out single scored Georgia Tech’s fourth run of the inning.
Florida State could not get anything going offensively and managed just three hits for the afternoon as Georgia Tech freshman pitcher Jessica Sallinger (27-7) struck out six batters and walked none in five innings of work. FSU’s Jessica van der Linden started the game on the mound, but was replaced in the first inning by senior Leslie Malerich, after facing six batters. The four runs in the first inning were charged to van der Linden, who went to 16-6 on the year with the loss, but just one run was earned due to the two Seminole errors.
“Basically, I think we got shellacked,” FSU Head Coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “We didn’t come out strong and they got started and got the momentum going immediately and took us out of the game right away.
“We didn’t do anything offensively to help our cause, but it’s hard when a team gets up on you four runs in the first inning with the caliber pitcher they have. It makes it awful tough.”
Georgia Tech picked up three more runs in the fourth inning. With one out, Neff reached on an error and later scored on a double by Tara Knudsen. A double to center by Wood scored two more Yellow Jacket runs. For the day, Wood went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
FSU’s next game will be Saturday at either 1 p.m. or 6 p.m., depending on the outcome of tonight’s Chattanooga/Florida Atlantic game.