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Georgia Tech Cruises Past Wright State and UIC, 8-0 (6) and 5-2

March 11, 2006

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CLEARWATER, Fla. – Freshman Lacey Richardson (4-2) threw four scoreless innings in the opener and junior Caitlin Lever went 3-for-4, with a home run and two runs batted and freshman Whitney Haller finished the day 3-for-5, with a home run (10) and two RBIs to lead Georgia Tech (22-5) to wins over Wright State (0-14), 8-0 (6) and Illinois-Chicago (5-15), 5-2, at the USF adidas Invitational on Saturday.

The Yellow Jackets advance to the semifinals of the tournament and will face UMass on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The game can be followed via live stats at www.ramblinwreck.com.

Sophomores Aileen Morales and Stephanie Butler each had two hits, while junior Kristina Hull drove in three runs for the Rambling Wreck against Wright State.

Junior Sarah Wood (5-1) worked 4.2 innings against UIC, allowing four hits, two runs, one earned run and struck out two. Freshman Blair Shimandle went 2-for-3, while Butler finished 1-for-3 with one RBI and senior Christine Sheridan drove in a run for the Jackets against the Flames.

Game 1 vs. Wright State
Lever homered in the top of the second inning to give Tech the first lead of the game, 1-0.

The Jackets plated five runs in the top of the third inning on two RBI walks and a three-run double by junior Kristina Hull as Tech increased its lead to six, 6-0.

Freshman Whitney Haller drove in the final run for Tech in the top of the sixth inning and threw two scoreless innings to give the Yellow Jackets an eight-run victory in six innings.

Tech scored eight runs, on 10 hits and had no errors, while WSU had no runs, four hits and one error.

Game 2 – Quarterfinals vs. UIC
The Jackets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Savannah Brown to plate Sheridan who scored from second base.

Butler put the Rambling Wreck in front of the Flames by two runs with a RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning.

UIC scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning on a wild pitch and throwing error by the catcher to cut the deficit to just one, 3-2.

Haller led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a home run, her 10th of the season, to push the Jackets’ lead back up to two, 4-2.

Tech scored five runs, on nine hits and committed two errors, while UIC scored two runs, on four hits and had four errors.

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