No. 21 Jackets Split on Day One of Buzz Classic

March 2, 2007

New Mexico Box Score
Indiana State Box Score

WOODSTOCK, Ga. – Senior Caitlin Lever went 3-for-4, with a home run and four runs batted in, and sophomore Jennifer Yee was a perfect 3-for-3, with three runs scored, a home run and two RBIs, to lead No. 21 Georgia Tech past New Mexico (2-5), 11-3. Indiana State’s Darcy Wood (5-3) went the distance in the nightcap, allowing three hits, one run and struck out eight, to lead the Sycamores (8-3) past the Jackets (16-3), 4-1, in the Buzz Classic at Twin Creek Softball Complex.

In the opener, sophomore Whitney Haller finished 3-for-4, with three runs scored and one RBI. Junior Savannah Brown drove in two runs for the Jackets and junior Aileen Morales went 2-for-4, with a double.

Junior Whitney Humphreys (7-1) went 5.0 innings, allowing four hits, three runs, two earned runs and struck out five. Sophomore Tiffany Johnson came into the circle in the sixth inning to earn her first save of the season, throwing 2.0 innings, allowing no hits, no runs and struck out one.

Sophomore Blair Shimandle and senior Kristina Hull led Tech in game two against the Sycamores. Hull finished 1-for-3, with a home run, while Shimandle finished 2-for-3.

Against New Mexico, Tech scored three runs in the first inning on four hits, as Yee and Lever each drove in runs with doubles as the Jackets led the Lobos, 3-0.

The Lobos’ Katie Gilmore hit a solo home run to right field in the top of the second inning as the lead was cut to two runs, 3-1. The Jackets responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning as Yee singled to right field to plate Morales who doubled off the left field fence with two outs as Tech led again by three.

The Lobos scored two runs in the top of the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Analise Rubalcava and an error by the Tech pitcher as New Mexico shrunk the Jackets’ lead to one, 4-3.

Yee and Lever each homered in the bottom of the fifth inning to score three runs for the Yellow Jackets as the advantage increased to four runs, 7-3.

New Mexico threatened in the top of the sixth inning with consecutive walks to start the inning, but Johnson entered the circle for Tech and retired the side on two pop outs to right field and second base, along with a strikeout to keep the Jackets in front by four.

The Jackets pushed across four runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning to close out the Lobos, 11-3, in six innings. Senior Daisy Paez hit her second pinch hit home run in as many at bats to start the scoring, Haller and Lever each drove in runs, and junior Becky McCraw drove in a run as a pinch hitter.

Tech scored 11 runs, on 14 hits and committed one error, while NM had three runs, on four hits and had one error.

In the nightcap against Indiana State, the Sycamores scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning on two walks, a passed ball and a ground out to second base as Tech trailed 2-0 early.

ISU’s Jackie Chomicki hit a bloop single with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning to score a run and put the Rambling Wreck down by three runs, 3-0. Audrey Childress added a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give ISU a four-run lead over the Jackets.

Hull slammed her second home run of the season in the top of the seventh inning with two outs to break up the shut out for ISU.

Tech had one, on four hits and committed no errors, while ISU scored four runs, on four hits and had no errors.

The Yellow Jackets will round out pool play against Lipscomb and Centenary at Noon and 2 p.m., respectively, on Saturday. For more information on the tournament, including schedules, please go to Tourney Central.

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