March 19, 2006
ATLANTA – Junior Sarah Wood (8-1) won her seventh straight start in the circle, throwing four innings without allowing an earned run and freshman Whitney Haller smashed her 11th home run of the season, going 3-for-4, with three runs batted in, to lead Georgia Tech (25-6, 3-0 ACC) past Maryland (11-13, 0-3 ACC), 5-1, in Atlantic Coast Conference softball action on Sunday at Glenn Field.
After Haller hit a two-run home run in the first inning, junior Caitlin Lever tallied her third home run of the season in the second inning as she sent one off the left field foul pole to put the Jackets ahead 3-0.
The Terrapins got on the board in the top of the third inning as Kerri Lounge singled up the middle with two outs and the bases loaded to plate an unearned run and cut Tech’s lead to two, 3-1.
The Yellow Jackets scored the final runs of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning as Haller and sophomore Savannah Brown hit back-to-back doubles down the left field line to drive in a pair of runs as the Jackets went on to win 5-1.
Freshman Lacey Richardson and sophomore Whitney Humphreys threw perfect fifth and sixth innings in the circle for the Jackets. Richardson fanned two of the three batters she faced in the fifth. Haller closed the game out for Tech in the circle, allowing one hit.
Tech scored five runs, on seven hits and had two errors, while the Terps scored one run, on four hits and had no errors.
The Yellow Jackets will travel to Texas for a showdown with No. 17 Baylor (18-7) on Tuesday, March 21 and No. 4 Texas (26-2) on Wednesday, March 22. Tech and BU will play a single game, while the Jackets and Longhorns will play two.