Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Niagara Loses Opener At Georgia Tech

#22 Georgia Tech 12
Niagara 3 (5)

Box Score

Teresa Healy (pictured) homered, but Niagara falls to #22 Georgia Tech 12-3 Wednesday in Atlanta, GA.

Niagara got out of the gym and onto the clay for the first time today when they visited Georgia Tech. Starter Julie DiMatteo got into trouble in the 1st inning due to 3 walks and 4 hits which gave the Yellow Jackets a quick 4-0 lead. The Purple Eagles did respond in the top of the 2nd inning, loading the bases with their first 3 batters. Becky Zill singled, and was followed by consecutive walks to Kristin Sito and Kayla Hines. After a Jen Hare strikeout, Jaclyn Russell singled to right field, and the Purple Eagles were on the board. Freshman Brittany Richberg would follow that with a fielder's choice, earning her first career RBI and cutting the Georgia Tech lead to 4-2.

After Julie DiMatteo retired the Yellow Jackets quickly in the bottom of the 2nd inning, 2010 MAAC Player Of The Year Teresa Healy launched a rocket over the left field wall with one out in the top of the 3rd inning, and Niagara found themselves down only 4-3. Georgia Tech's Hope Rush hit a solo shot in the bottom of the inning and Gerogia Tech regained their 2 run lead. Julie DiMatteo came out after 3 innings, and was relieved by Bri Allen who would surrender 7 more runs, including a grand slam home run that provided Georgia Tech with a walk off 12-3 win.

Niagara finished with 5 hits; Jaclyn Russell hit another single as did Jen Hare. Niagara stays in Georgia to participate in the Buzz Classic, beginning Friday.

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