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Five Jackets Named to All-ACC Academic Softball Team

June 29, 2006

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s Whitney Haller, Kristina Hull, Aileen Morales, Blair Shimandle and Sarah Wood were named to the 2006 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Softball Team, announced by ACC Commissioner John D. Swofford.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative average during her academic career.

Virginia led the way with six student-athletes on the team (Elea Crockett, Jackie Greer, Erin Horn, Lindsey Preuss, Brooke Sober, Jessica Taylor), followed by Tech with five, Boston College four (Amanda Booth, Jenna Macchi, Angela Pandolfo, Britney Thompson), NC State four (Megan Dalthorp, Shaina Ervin, Heather Gelbard, Jennifer Patterson), Virginia Tech four (Erin Ota, Callie Rhodes, Caroline Stolle, Angela Tincher), Florida State three (Natasha Jacob, Melissa May, Michelle Snyder), Maryland three (Jenny Belak, Meredith Nelles, Lindsey Ubrun) and North Carolina three (Brenna Brown, Anna Evans, Joslin Higgins).

Haller, a freshman from Marietta, Ga., led the ACC in several offensive categories and was named ACC Freshman of the Year. She broke conference records in home runs (24), RBI (72), total bases (171), slugging percentage (.799) and saves (6). The industrial engineering major led Tech with a .393 batting average and set a new single-season record with 63 runs scored. Haller was named first team All-ACC and NFCA Southeast All-Region first team.

Hull, a junior from Colorado Springs, Co., hit a career-high three home runs for the Jackets this past season and drove in a career-high 22 runs. The science, technology and science major tallied a .354 slugging percentage and .310 on base percentage.

Morales, a sophomore from Columbus, Ga., led Tech with 30 stolen bases, only getting thrown out five times on the season. A management major, Morales already ranks second all-time at Tech with 74 career thefts, behind Laura Williams’ 110. She slugged a career-high three home runs, drove in 35 runs, finished third in the ACC with 55 runs scored and helped the Jackets lead the nation in double plays turned (40) and stolen bases (138).

Shimandle, a freshman from LaGrange, Ga., hit over .300 for the Rambling Wreck and ranked second on the squad with 17 stolen bases in 19 attempts. The international affairs major led Tech with four triples and tallied four home runs and 32 runs batted in. She posted a .465 slugging percentage and .360 on base percentage for the Jackets.

Wood, a junior from Marietta, Ga., led the Yellow Jackets with a 2.87 earned run average and posted a career-high 20 wins, fifth in the ACC. An international affairs major, Wood came on strong for Tech in the postseason, recording a 3-1 record and won nine of her last 12 decisions in the circle. She led the Jackets with six complete games and three complete-game shutouts.

Tech finished the season with ACC records in home runs (75), runs scored (428), doubles (99), total bases (903), RBI (385) and slugging percentage (.495). The Jackets posted an overall record of 48-22, appeared in its fifth straight NCAA Tournament and advanced to its second consecutive NCAA Regional Championship game, falling to World Series participant Alabama, 7-2.

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