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Back-to-Back Homers Lifts No. 22 Jackets Past Boston College, 4-3 and 6-3

April 21, 2007

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Sophomores Jennifer Yee and Whitney Haller hit back-to-back home runs with two outs in the seventh inning of the opener, and senior Kristina Hull went 3-for-6, with a home run (9) and three runs batted in for the afternoon, to lead No. 22 Georgia Tech (43-13, 10-6 ACC) to a pair of wins over Boston College (9-20, 2-11 ACC), 4-3 and 6-3, on Saturday at Shea Field.

Yee finished the afternoon 3-for-8, with two RBIs and her sixth home run of the season, while Haller went 3-for-5, with one RBI and smashed her 11th homer of the season. Senior Sarah Wood (8-1) won her fourth consecutive decision in the circle in the nightcap, taking a no-hitter to the seventh, before surrendering three straight home runs, working 7.0 innings, scattering three hits and three runs, while striking out seven.

Junior Whitney Humphreys (18-5) worked the first 4.1 innings, scattering five hits, three runs, three earned runs and struck out two in a no decision. Sophomore Tiffany Johnson (15-6) tossed the final 2.2 innings for Tech, allowing no hits and fanned six in the win.

With the five home runs on the day, Tech is not three shy of tying the Atlantic Coast Conference record set a season ago by the Yellow Jackets with 75.

In game one, the Yellow Jackets scored a run early as junior Aileen Morales singled to start the game, stole second base and scored on an RBI single by Yee.

The Eagles answered in the bottom half of the first inning as Renee Ramos led off with a home run to left center field, her second of the season, as the game advanced to the second tied at 1-1.

Tech scored an unearned run in the top of the second inning as the BC third baseman misplayed a ground ball that junior Stephanie Butler hit to all Hull to score from third after she led off the inning with a double to right field as the Jackets regained the lead, 2-1.

BC’s Jenna Macchi hit a sacrifice fly to left field in foul ground to score a run with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning as the game was tied for the second time, 2-2.

Ramos struck again for the Eagles in the bottom of the fifth inning on a solo shot to center field, her second of the game and third of the season, to give BC its first lead, 3-2.

With one out in the top of the sixth inning, senior Caitlin Lever walked and advanced to third base on a hit and run by Hull as the Jackets had runners at the corners with one out. Hull then stole second base to put two runners in scoring position, but BC’s Britney Thompson recorded two big strikeouts to maintain a one-run lead over Tech, 3-2.

Tech smacked back-to-back home runs with two outs in the top of the seventh inning by Yee and Haller to give the Jackets their third lead of the game, this time late, 4-3. The Eagles went down in order in the bottom half as Tech held on to a come-from-behind 4-3 victory.

Tech scored four runs, on seven hits and had no errors, while BC scored three runs, on five hits and committed one error.

In game two, the Jackets repeated their efforts in game one with a run in first inning as Morales reached on a two-base error to right field, advanced to third base on a fly out to right field and scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Savannah Brown to left field as Tech led 1-0.

With two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Hull blasted her ninth home run of the season, a three-run homer, to left field, and Barnes followed with her 15th home run of the season to center field for back-to-back jacks for the Jackets as the lead swelled up to five, 5-0.

Morales smacked a home run to left field, a solo shot for her fifth of the season, to give the Jackets a 6-0 win.

Right after Butler made a diving stab in left field for the first out of the seventh inning to keep the no-hitter alive, BC’s Thompson, Ramos and Blair Destito touched back-to-back-to-back home runs to break-up the no-hit bid and shutout as the Eagles trailed by three, 6-3.

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

The finale of the three-game ACC series will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. The entire game can be followed via live stats on www.ramblinwreck.com.

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