Troy Rallies Late to Down Jackets, 4-2

Feb. 14, 2007

Box Score

ATLANTA – With two outs in the top of the seventh inning and trailing 1-0, Troy’s Stacey Dwyer hit a two-run home run and the Trojans scored four runs as Troy (6-0) defeated Georgia Tech (2-1), 4-2, in softball action on Wednesday at Glenn Field. Senior Caitlin Lever went 2-for-3, with a home run and two runs batted in, to lead the Yellow Jackets.

Sophomore Tiffany Johnson (0-1) worked six scoreless innings, allowing just five hits, but surrendered four runs in the seventh, two earned runs, to taste defeat in her first start in the circle for Tech. She tossed 6.2 innings, allowing nine hits, four runs, two earned runs and struck out three.

Junior Aileen Morales went 2-for-2, with two stolen bases to pace the Jackets offensively. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Lacey Richardson came into the game to record the final out in the circle.

The Yellow Jackets took an early 1-0 lead off a two-out RBI single by Lever in the bottom of the first inning.

The Trojans bid to tie the game in the top of the fourth inning was snubbed by junior center fielder Stephanie Butler and shortstop Morales as they relayed to home plate and junior catcher Savannah Brown tagged out Jessica Lyle who reached on an error to keep Tech up by one.

The Trojans loaded the bases in the top of the fifth inning with one out, but Tech’s Johnson induced an infield fly to first base and a pop out to center field to escape the jam and keep the Jackets ahead, 1-0.

With two outs and a runner on first base, Troy’s Dwyer homered to right center field for a two-run shot to push the Trojans ahead, 2-1. Troy took advantage of an outfield error and a wild pitch to push two more runs across and increase its lead to three runs, 4-1.

Lever smashed her first home run of the season to center field to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning for the final run of the game as Tech fell, 4-2.

Tech scored two runs, on six hits and committed three errors, while Troy scored four runs, on nine hits and had one error.

Tech will hit the road this weekend as the Jackets travel to Kennesaw, Ga., for the Kennesaw State Softball Invitational. Tech will face Georgetown (2 p.m.) and Miami University (6 p.m.) on Saturday, and Evansville (4 p.m.) and Kennesaw State (6 p.m.) on Sunday.

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