Feb. 28, 2006
ATLANTA – Freshman Whitney Haller smashed her fourth home run of the season and worked 2.1 scoreless innings for a save in game one and freshman Blair Shimandle was a perfect 3-for-3, with two runs batted in, to lead Georgia Tech (9-4) to a sweep over Gardner-Webb (1-6), 2-0 and 10-2 (5), on Tuesday at Glenn Field.
Freshman Lacey Richardson (2-1) worked 4.2 scoreless innings, scattering four hits and striking out one, and Haller went 2-for-3 with a home run and one RBI in the opener. Senior Amy Hosier finished the 2-for-3, with a pair of doubles to lead Tech offensively.
Sophomore Whitney Humphreys (6-1) threw 3.0 innings for the win in the nightcap, allowing five hits, two earned runs and struck out one. Junior Sarah Wood earned her first save of the season, throwing a perfect 2.0 innings, striking out three.
Sophomore Aileen Morales finished 3-for-4 in game two, with two stolen bases and two runs scored. Haller drove in two runs with her first triple of the season, while sophomore Stephanie Butler went 2-for-3 for the Jackets.
In game one, Haller put Tech ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning on her fourth home run of the season.
Tech pushed across an unearned run in the bottom half of the third inning to increase its lead to 2-0. Neither team managed much of an offensive attack after that as Haller tossed 2.1 scoreless innings to record her second save of the season.
Tech scored two runs, on five hits and had no errors, while GWU had no runs, five hits and committed one error.
In game two, Morales led off the game with a single, stole second base, and scored on a RBI single by Shimandle.
The Bulldogs tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second inning as Adrienne Smith hit a bloop single to shallow right-center field to plate a run after two walks.
Shimandle drove in her second run of the game for the Yellow Jackets in the bottom half of the second inning with a triple to center field as the GWU outfielder misplayed the ball to allow it to run all the way to the fence as Tech regained the lead, 2-1.
The Bulldogs struck again in the top of the fourth inning on three consecutive singles to remove Humphreys from the circle. Wood entered for the Jackets and slammed the door shut with two strikeouts and a ground out to keep Tech ahead by two, 4-2.
The Jackets blew the game wide open in the bottom of the fourth inning with five runs, highlighted by a two RBI triple by Haller and a two-run home run by Hosier as Tech led 9-2.
Tech ended the game in the bottom of the fifth inning on the run-rule, as Butler came into score on a wild pitch for the 10th run of the game to put the Jackets up by eight after five innings, 10-2.
Tech scored 10 runs, on a season-high 13 hits and had one error, while the Bulldogs scored two runs, on five hits and had three errors.
The Yellow Jackets will host the annual Atlanta Marriott Buzz Classic at Al Bishop Softball Complex, in Marietta, Ga., March 3-5. For schedule and tournament information, go to Tournament Central.