No. 23 NC State Downs N0. 20 Jackets, 9-6

March 25, 2007

Box Score

ATLANTA – NC State’s Abbie Sims (13-4) picked up her first win against Georgia Tech, tossing 5.1 strong innings, allowing five hits and no earned runs, and hit two home runs in the game to lead the 23rd-ranked Wolfpack to a 9-6 win over the 20th-ranked Yellow Jackets in the final game of an Atlantic Coast Conference softball series on Sunday at Glenn Field.

Sophomore Jennifer Yee led the offensive attack for Tech, going 2-for-4, with one RBI. Junior Brittany Barnes drove in two runs for the Jackets and senior Caitlin Lever went 1-for-1, with one RBI and three walks. Sophomore Whitney Haller drove in a run for Tech as well, finishing the day 1-for-3.

Junior Whitney Humphreys (11-4) got the loss in the circle, throwing 5.1 innings in relief, allowing six earned runs and struck out one.

The Wolfpack jumped on top of the Yellow Jackets in the top of the first inning on a three-run home run off the bat of Abbie Sims as Tech trailed 3-0.

Sims connected on her second home run of the game in the top of the third inning to increase the Wolfpack lead to four runs, 4-0.

Junior Savannah Brown drove in a run for the Jackets in the bottom of the third inning as the lead was cut to three runs, 4-1.

With the bases loaded and two outs, junior Brittany Barnes singled up the middle to plate two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and bring the Yellow Jackets within one run, 4-3, after five innings of play.

The Pack added to their lead in the top of the sixth inning as Miranda Ervin homered to center field with a runner on second as the Jackets went down by a score of 6-3.

Tech tied the game in the bottom half of the sixth inning with three runs on RBI hits by sophomores Jennifer Yee and Whitney Haller as the game moved to the seventh inning tied at six.

The Wolfpack regained the lead for good in the top of the seventh inning with three runs, courtesy of a two-run shot by Allison Presnell and a solo home run by Shanna Smith as the Pack defeated the Jackets 9-6.

Tech scored six runs, on nine hits and had no errors, while NC State scored nine runs, on 11 hits and committed one error.

The Yellow Jackets and will travel to arch-rival No. 18 Georgia this Wednesday for a non-conference doubleheader. Those games are scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.

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