April 5, 2006
ATLANTA – Freshman Whitney Haller went 4-for-7, with 10 runs batted in and three home runs (17) to lead Georgia Tech (32-12) to a sweep over Chattanooga (22-26), 11-7 and 7-6, at Glenn Field on Wednesday. Senior Amy Hosier hit a walk-off home run in the nightcap to lead the Yellow Jackets past the Lady Mocs.
Haller, a native of Marietta, Ga., broke the single-season school and Atlantic Coast Conference record in home runs with her 17th. She also set a new single-season Tech record in runs scored (47) and tied the single-game school record with six RBIs in the opener. Sophomore Savannah Brown went 2-for-4, with one RBI, and junior Caitlin Lever drove in two runs for the Jackets in game one.
In game two, senior Christine Sheridan went 2-for-3, with one RBI, Brown was 2-for-4, with a double and Hosier finished 2-for-3, with a home run (4) and two RBIs.
Junior Sarah Wood (11-5) got the win in the opener, throwing 5.0 innings, scattering five hits, allowing three runs and struck out five. Sophomore Whitney Humphreys (15-2) got the win in releif in the nightcap, throwing 0.2 of an inning, striking out one.
Haller got the Jackets started in the bottom of the first inning with a three-run blast to left field, her 15th of the season, as Tech led 3-0.
Sheridan scored a run and Hosier drove in a run to give the Yellow Jackets a 5-0 lead after three innings of play.
The Lady Mocs scored a run in the top of the fourth inning and Laci Upchurch smacked a two-run home run to right field to bring UTC within two, 5-3.
Brown drove in the sixth run of the game for the Jackets and Lever doubled to center field to plate two more runs as Tech led 8-3.
UTC’s Ashleigh Bull hit a two-run home run to left-center field in the top of the sixth inning as the Lady Mocs were down by just three, 8-5. Toni Hutchinson then connected on a two-run home run to left field as the Lady Mocs trailed by one, 8-7.
Haller struck again for Tech in the bottom of the sixth inning with her second three-run home run of the game to increase the Jackets’ lead to four, 11-7.
Tech scored 11 runs, on eight hits, and had no errors, while UTC scored seven runs, on 10 hits and had no errors.
Sheridan and Haller drove in runs for Tech in the bottom of the first inning as the Jackets took an early 2-0 lead in game two.
The Lady Mocs answered with two runs in the top of the second inning on a Tech error and a RBI single by Hutchinson.
Hosier drove in the go ahead run for the Rambling Wreck in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Jackets regained the lead, 4-3.
Haller connected on her third three-run home run of the afternoon in the bottom of the fifth inning to increase Tech’s lead to four, 6-2.
UTC’s Ashlan Clarkson clocked a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning as the Jackets’ lead shrunk to two runs, 6-4. After a pitching change for the Jackets, Hutchison hit her second home run of the day, a two-run homer, to left field to tie the game, 6-6.
After a one-out double in the top of the seventh inning for the Lady Mocs, Tech ace Whitney Humphreys entered the circle and wiggled out of the jam with a big strikeout and a ground out to third base.
Tech scored seven runs, on 10 hits and committed two errors, while UTC scored six runs, on seven hits and had one error.
The Yellow Jackets will return to ACC action in Raleigh, N.C., April 8-9. Tech (6-3) will battle NC State (6-3) in a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday, both beginning at 1 p.m.
NOTES: Tech set a new single-season school record with 39 team home runs…Haller leads the nation with 55 RBI and is seven shy of school record…Haller is also tied for the NCAA lead with 17 home runs.