April 2, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 25 Georgia Tech (30-12, 6-3 ACC) dropped its first Atlantic Coast Conference softball series in two years (April 3, 2004 in Tallahassee) as Florida State (27-17, 5-4 ACC) upset the Yellow Jackets, 7-4, at JoaAnne Graf Field on Sunday.
Freshman Whitney Haller led the Jackets offensively, going 2-for-4, with a home run (14) and one RBI. Senior Amy Hosier finished 2-for-2, with a double and two runs batted in, while junior Kristina Hull went 1-for-3, with a home run (3). With the two home runs in the game, Tech ties a single-season school record with 37 team home runs.
Sophomore Whitney Humphreys started the game for the Yellow Jackets and retired six of eight batters faced, allowing one hit and struck out one in 2.0 innings of action. Freshman Lacey Richardson (5-4) worked 1.0 inning, allowing one hit and one run in the loss.
Hull broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third inning as she sent her third home run of the season off the top of the scoreboard and Hosier drove in two runs on a base hit to right field as Tech went on top 3-0.
FSU’s Yuruby Alicart drove in two runs for the Seminoles in the bottom half of the third inning with a double to right field and Brittany Osmon drove in the third run as the game advanced to the fourth inning tied at 3-3.
The `Noles took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs as LaShaun Davis tripled to left-center field, the first allowed by Tech all season, and scored on a RBI double by Natasha Jacob as FSU led 4-3.
Haller tied the game in the top of the fifth inning with her 14th home run of the season, a solo shot to left field.
The Seminoles’ Melissa Wood homered to right field with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning as FSU regained the lead 5-4.
Haller became the fourth Tech pitcher in the game for the Jackets in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Seminoles’ Michelle Snyder welcomed her with a home run to left-center field and Veronica Wootson drove in another run to push the FSU advantage to three runs, 7-4.
Tech hit three balls hard in the final inning, but right at FSY defenders to end the game. The Jackets scored four runs, on eight hits and committed one error, while FSU scored seven runs, on nine hits and committed two errors.
The 25th-ranked Yellow Jackets will host Chattanooga for a midweek non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, April 5. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.