Feb. 25, 2003
ATLANTA — Sophomore Jessica Sallinger picked up two wins and senior catcher Lindsay Wood and junior shortstop Tara Knudsen both homered, as the 24th-ranked Georgia Tech softball team (9-6) swept a doubleheader from Troy State (9-5) Tuesday at Glenn Field. The Jackets took a 6-5, nine-inning win in game one and rode a one-hitter by Sallinger to a 5-0 victory in the second contest.
With the two victories and eight shutout innings, Sallinger improves to 5-4 on the season and lowers her team-best earned run average to 1.76. She came on in relief to win the first game with three hitless innings and did not allow a hit after the first frame of game two.
In game one, Tech was down 4-0 after three innings and tallied four runs of its own in the sixth to tie the score at five. Wood hit her second home run of the season to start the rally. Designated player Tasha Waugh and first baseman Katie Donovan then singled before a single down the right field line by center fielder Sara Wissmann scored Donovan and cut the lead to 5-3. Waugh then scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Liz Bartle, and the Jackets tied the score at five when Wissmann scored from third on a delayed steal.
With the game tied, Sallinger entered in the seventh and held the Lady Trojans without a hit the rest of the way.
Pinch runner Amy Hosier, who was placed on second due to the international tie-breaker rule, scored the winning run in the ninth. She tagged and moved to third on a fly to center by right fielder Soraya Reddick and then came home on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Felicia Coursey to end the game and give Tech a 6-5 victory.
Coursey led Tech with two RBI, while Wood, Donovan and Wissmann each had two of Tech’s season-high 10 hits. Troy State’s Bonnie Belin went 2-for-4 and Erin Flater and Molly Homer both hit home runs for the Lady Trojans. TSU reliever Christi Curran took the loss.
Tech starter Erin Voeltz lasted just 1.1 innings, as she allowed three runs on two hits and four walks. Tiffany Goodman, who gave way to Sallinger, went 4.2 innings and gave up two runs on six hits and a walk. Sallinger walked one and fanned six in three innings.
In game two, Sallinger gave up a first-inning double to Troy State catcher Tamra Howren and then shut the Lady Trojans down from that point. She went five innings, walked three and struck out six.
The game was scoreless until the third, when a double to right by left fielder Kirin Kumar scored Coursey from second to give the Jackets a 1-0 lead. Kumar then came home when Knudsen hit a massive opposite field homer to right, extending the lead to 3-0. Tech added another run on a Donovan triple to right that scored pinch runner Peri Zakin from first.
Donovan extended the lead to 5-0 in the fifth with a sacrifice fly that scored Coursey. Knudsen and Donovan led Tech in game two with two RBI apiece. The game was called after five due to darkness.
Troy State’s Kacie Flinn (2-1) took the loss. She went five innings and allowed five runs (two earned) on five hits.
The Jackets return to action Saturday at the Georgia State Invitational in Panthersville. Tech is scheduled to play Bradley at 2:30 p.m., followed by Tennessee-Martin at 4:45 p.m.