May 7, 2007
ATLANTA – Junior Savannah Brown set a new Atlantic Coast Conference record with her 72nd and 73rd RBIs of the season, finishing 1-for-3, with a home run (20), and senior Caitlin Lever went 2-for-3, with a double (20), to lead No. 19 Georgia Tech (50-13) to a 4-1 victory over Mercer University (14-44) on Monday at Glenn Field.
The Yellow Jackets extend their winning streak to a school record 16 games as they head to ACC Tournament. The Jackets have also set new ACC records in runs scored (430), hits (576), home runs (91), RBI (398) and total bases (968).
Lever, a native of Amherst, N.Y., tied a school record with her 87th hit of the season, equaling Lauren Williams’ record set in 1997.
Junior Whitney Humphreys (22-5) tossed 2.0 innings, allowing one hit and struck out two. Senior Sarah Wood and sophomore Tiffany Johnson also worked 2.0 scoreless innings for Tech, striking out three and four, respectively.
Senior Daisy Paez smacked her fourth pinch-hit home run of the season for the Jackets and sophomore Blair Shimandle drove in a run for the Rambling Wreck. Sophomore Jennifer Yee extended her hitting streak to a career-high 15 games.
The Jackets took advantage of two Mercer errors in the bottom of the second inning, scoring a run on a ground out by Shimandle with the bases loaded as Tech led 1-0.
Brown blasted her 20th home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth inning, a two-run shot, to give the Jackets a 3-0 lead.
Paez hit a home run in the bottom of the sixth, to increase the advantage to four, 4-0.
The Bears got on the board in the top of the seventh inning as Jamie Madruga led off with a solo shot to right field, her 15th of the season, as the lead was cut to three, 4-1.
The Yellow Jackets scored four runs, on seven hits and had no errors, while Mercer scored one run, on three hits, and had two errors.
Tech will be the No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament, May 10-13, in Tallahassee, Fla. The Jackets will take on No. 6 seed Maryland at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning. The winner will advance to face the winner of No. 2 seed NC State and No. 7 seed Boston College on Friday at 12:30 p.m. The loser of those two games will play again Thursday night at 8 p.m.