April 12, 2006
ATLANTA – Junior Sarah Wood (14-6) tallied two wins in the circle and freshman Whitney Haller went 3-for-6, with two home runs (19) and four runs batted in to lead Georgia Tech (36-14) to a sweep over Furman (22-28), 6-5 (9) and 11-3 (6), on Wednesday at Glenn Field.
Senior Christine Sheridan finished the afternoon 6-for-7, with two stolen bases and three runs batted in. Sophomore Savannah Brown went 2-for-3, with three RBIs in the nightcap. The Yellow Jackets broke a single-game school record with 10 stolen bases in game two.
Sophomores Stephanie Butler (2) and Aileen Morales (1) each hit two-run home runs for Tech in game one. Wood threw the final 3.0 innings in game one, allowing just one hit and struck out two. In game two, Wood tossed her third complete game of the season, scattering six hits, allowing one earned run and struck out four.
Haller led off the bottom of the second inning with her 18th home run of the season to give the Jackets the first lead of game one, 1-0.
FU’s Jessica Mathis tied the game in the top of the third inning with a solo home run to center field as the game advanced to the bottom half tied at 1-1. Amber Nelsen put the Lady Paladins in front 2-1 on a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning and Amber Kiser singled with the bases loaded to put Furman up by two.
Butler tied the game in the bottom half of the fourth with a two-run home run, her second of the season, to right field as the Jackets and Lady Paladins were tied at 3-3. Morales gave Tech its second lead of the game with a two-run blast to left field, her first of the season, as Tech led 5-3 after four innings of play.
The Lady Paladins responded in the top of the fifth inning with two runs as Abby Robertson doubled off the right field fence with two runners on base as Tech and Furman were tied for the second time in the game, 5-5.
Neither team managed a run in the sixth or seventh innings as the game advanced to extra frames. With the international tie breaker rule in effect, which places a runner at second base at the start of the inning, neither team was able to score a run in the eighth.
The Jackets again kept the Lady Paladins off the scoreboard in the ninth, and placed a runner on second base in the bottom half. Sheridan was placed on second base in the ninth and advanced two bases on a wild pitch to score the game-winning run for Tech, 6-5.
Tech scored six runs, on eight hits, while Furman scored five runs, on 12 hits.
In game two, the Yellow Jackets’ Brown drove in a run in the bottom of the first inning to give Tech a 1-0 lead.
The Jackets scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning as Haller and Hull each drove in runs and Brown doubled to center field to plate two runs to give Tech a 6-0 lead.
Haller hit a towering home run to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning, with one runner on, to give the Jackets an 8-0 lead.
The Lady Paladins scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning on two Tech errors and a triple by Joni Lockridge, just the second allowed by the Jackets all season long, as Furman cut the deficit to five, 8-3.
Sheridan drove in two runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning on a double to right field as Tech jumped out in front by seven, 10-3. The Jackets added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning as Sheridan was hit-by-a-pitch with the bases loaded to end the game.
Tech scored 11 runs, on 10 hits and committed three errors, while the Lady Paladins scored three runs, on six hits and had two errors.
The Yellow Jackets will return to Atlantic Coast Conference action this weekend as Boston College comes to Atlanta for a three-game series at Glenn Field. The teams will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday and a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
NOTES: Tech set new single-season records in runs scored (319) and RBI (287).