St. John's Comes Back to Beat Georgia Tech 5-4 on a Rain Plagued Tuesday

Krystal Puga notches the game-winning RBI in the sixth inning.
Feb. 23, 2016

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ATLANTA, Ga. -- After allowing four runs to Georgia Tech (0-6) over the first two innings, Tori Free came out of the bullpen and halted the Yellow Jackets offense over the next four frames as St. John's (3-3) climbed back from a three-run deficit to win 5-4 in six innings on a rain-plagued Tuesday evening at Mewborn Field in Atlanta, Ga.

Knotted at 4-4 in the sixth frame, St. John's offense would prove to be clutch as Krystal Puga notched a go-ahead RBI double to left center off Georgia Tech reliever Jenna Goodrich.

Rain would force the umpires to call the game in the bottom half of the seventh inning despite three runs scored by St. John's in the top half of the frame. By rule, the final score reverts back to the previous inning where the Red Storm were leading, 5-4.

Puga put St. John's on the board first when she singled to right field, scoring Yvonne Rericha, who walked and stole second to move into scoring position.

Georgia Tech evened the score in the bottom half of the first as a leadoff single by Samantha Pierannunzi turned into a run on a sacrifice fly from Malea Bell.

A walk followed by a fielding error and RBI single from Pierannunzi off St. John's starter Grace Kramer in the second inning, forced head coach Amy Kvilhaug to go to the pen with one out and two runners on-base. The Yellow Jackets would tack on two more runs in the inning to extend their lead to 4-1.

With two outs in the fourth and runners on second and third base, Rericha plated Monique Landini and Hannah Anderson when she beat out a bobbled ball by Georgia Tech 1B Courtney Ziese to cut the lead to one run.

Next inning, Carly Williams tied the game at 4-4 when she drove in her fifth run of the season on an RBI single to the right side, plating Brittany Garcia

Georgia Tech would threaten in the bottom half, putting runners on second and third base with no outs, before Free buckled down and got three-straight outs to escape the jam unharmed.

Free (1-2) picked up her first win of the season after dominating the Yellow Jackets in relief. The senior struck out seven and allowed only two hits in 4.2 innings of shutout ball. Kramer gets the no-decision as the junior surrendered four runs, two earned, on two hits in 1.1 innings of work.

Anderson, Garcia and Landini each registered a hit and scored a run in the win, while Rericha finished with a hit, two runs and her fourth stolen base of the season. Puga went 2-for-2 and drove in her third and fourth runs of the year.

Goodrich (0-3) grabs the loss after allowing what turned out to be the winning run in the sixth frame, her only inning of work. Starter Emily Anderson finished with seven strikeouts and allowed four runs, two earned, on eight hits in 5.0 innings.

The Red Storm move to .500 and have now won three of their last four games after starting the season with back-to-back losses. Game two of today's scheduled double-header was cancelled due to the torrential downpour on Mewborn Field.

St. John's returns to action tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. when the Johnnies head over to the Heck Softball Complex in Atlanta, Ga., to play Georgia State (4-6).

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