Feb. 14, 2009
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Junior Jen Yee was 2-for-4 with two triples and two RBI while sophomore Kristen Adkins gave up one run in a complete-game win as the Georgia Tech softball team (6-1) defeated Texas Tech (2-6), 8-1, Saturday morning at the University of Florida Lipton Invitational.
Adkins (4-0) recorded her first career complete game as she scattered seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Sophomore Christy Jones was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Freshman Danielle Dike had a pinch-hit home run in the sixth inning for her first career hit, while senior Whitney Haller was 1-for-2 and extended her hitting streak to nine games.
The Yellow Jackets got all the runs they needed with a four run top of the third inning. Senior Tiffany Johnson led off the inning with a triple to left field and scored on a RBI ground out by senior Blair Shimandle. Jones followed and stole second base, one of her team-high 10 this season. After Haller was hit by a pitch, Yee drove in two runs with her first of two triples on the morning. Freshman Kelsi Weseman was hit by a pitch, stole second base and then when the throw by Texas Tech catcher Holley Gentsch went into center field, Yee scored the fourth run of the inning.
Adkins, meanwhile, was on cruise control. She faced a jam with runners on first and third and one out in the third, but was able to get out of it. Adkins then proceeded to retire eight straight batters until Leah Legler led off the sixth inning with a single to left field. The Red Raiders did break through with a run to break up the shutout bid as Gentsch recorded a RBI single.
The Tech offense gave Adkins two more insurance runs in the sixth inning, on just one hit. Jones led off by walking and then Haller dumped a single into center extending her hitting streak to nine games dating back to last season. Freshman Shannon Bear pinch ran for Haller and pulled off a double-steal with Jones putting runners on second and third. Jones came around to score on a ground out by freshman Kelsi Weseman, while Bear scampered home on a wild pitch.
Dike accounted for the Yellow jackets’ seventh run with the two-out, pinch-hit home run in the sixth and then Weseman’s sac fly in the seventh capped the scoring. She drove home Yee, who had tripled earlier in the inning.
The Yellow Jackets will be back in action later tonight against Coastal Carolina in their fourth game of the Lipton Invitational. First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. Live audio and stats of every game this season will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com free of charge.