"They're a great team, and we knew they were going to hit the ball," Coan said.
But the loss didn't take away Tech's accomplishments. No. 14 Tech, which ends the season 46-15, swept the ACC tournament and the Atlanta Regional last week en route to its first NCAA Super Regional appearance. Sunday's crowd of 1,117 set a home field record for the Yellow Jackets.
"The crowds have been awesome," senior shortstop Tiffany Johnson said. "The crowd gives you a boost, knowing that they have your back."
Johnson and fellow seniors Blair Shimandle and Whitney Haller raised the bar for Tech softball. Fittingly, Johnson and Haller were responsible for two of Tech's three hits on Sunday.
"I think our senior class left a legacy so the girls next year can look forward to reaching higher and carrying on the winning tradition," Johnson said.
As dominant as Lawrie was on Sunday, Johnson said she was determined not to end her career with a strikeout.
"She's a great pitcher, and this was the first time I've ever had to go into a slap to hit, and I have pretty quick hands," Johnson said. "I didn't care if I grounded out or popped up, I just didn't want to strike out."