March 11, 2006
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.
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.