April 15, 2006
ATLANTA – Sophomore Aileen Morales went 4-for-4, with three runs batted in and sophomore Savannah Brown drove in the game-winning run as Georgia Tech (38-14, 9-5 ACC) rallied from four runs down in the bottom of the seventh inning to win game one against Boston College (16-19, 2-12 ACC), 12-11. Freshman Whitney Haller broke the Atlantic Coast Conference single-season record in RBI (63) and finished the game 2-for-4, with a home run (20) and four runs batted in to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 10-4 win over the Eagles in the nightcap.
Sophomore Stephanie Butler went 2-for-4, with four RBIs, to pace the Jackets in game one. Freshman Blair Shimandle also went 2-for-4, with one RBI and junior Caitlin Lever finished 2-for-3, with two runs scored and a walk.
Freshman Whitney Haller (2-1) picked up the win in relief throwing 1.1 innings, allowing one hit. Junior Sarah Wood (14-6) had a no decision, throwing 4.1 innings, scattering seven hits, giving up seven runs, six earned runs and struck out two.
Freshman Lacey Richardson (7-4) picked up the win in relief, working 2.1 innings, scattering two hits and striking out one. Sophomore Whitney Humphreys started the game and threw 4.2 innings, allowing seven hits, four runs, one earned run and struck out two.
Junior Daisy Paez went 2-for-2 in the nightcap, while Lever finished 2-for-3 and Brown went 1-for-3, with a home run (10) and one RBI.
The Eagles jumped on top of the Yellow Jackets in game one, scoring four runs on three hits in the top of the second inning.
Morales singled up the middle with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the third inning to plate two runs and bring Tech within two, 4-2.
BC’s Kristin Allain doubled to left-center field in the top of the fourth inning with a runner on second base to extend the Eagles’ lead to three, 5-2.
Butler singled up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning to drive in Shimandle as the Jackets trailed by two, 5-3.
The Eagles’ Elena Ferrero hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to give BC its second four-run lead of the game, 7-3.
Tech fought back in the bottom of the fifth inning as Morales drove in a run and Butler drove in two more as the Jackets tied the game at 7-7.
The Eagles scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning courtesy of two Tech errors and RBI singles by Amanda Booth and Kimmy Hopkin as the Jackets trailed by four, 11-7.
The Yellow Jackets fought back in the bottom half of the inning as senior Amy Hosier and Butler drove in runs as Tech and BC were tied 11-11. Brown then singled through the left side to plate the winning run for the Jackets with two outs as Tech rallied back from four runs down in the final inning to defeat the Eagles.
Tech scored 12 runs, on 14 hits and committed three errors, while BC scored 11 runs, on 10 hits and had one error.
In game two, the Yellow Jackets took the first lead of the game with three runs in the bottom of the second inning, highlighted by RBI hits by Lever and junior Daisy Paez, scoring the third run on an illegal pitch.
The Eagles scored three unearned runs in the top of the third inning, thanks to a two-out two RBI single by Renee Ramos as the game was tied, 3-3.
BC’s Ashley Obrest doubled in the left-center field gap with two outs in the top of the fifth inning to drive in the go ahead run for the Eagles as Tech trailed for the first time in the nightcap, 4-3.
Haller connected on a 2-2 pitch with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning to record her 20th home run of the season to help the Jackets regain the lead, 6-4. Brown followed with a solo shot to center field, her 10th of the season, to put the Jackets in front by three.
Butler drove in a run for the Jackets in the bottom of the sixth inning with a double to right-center field as Tech increased its lead to four, 8-4. Haller drove in her fourth run of the game to set a new single-season ACC record with 63 as Tech took a 10-4 lead into the seventh inning.
Tech scored 10 runs, on 10 hits and had one error, while BC scored four runs, on nine hits and had no errors.
The Yellow Jackets and Eagles will play the third and final game of the series on Easter Sunday. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at Glenn Field.