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Jackets Split on Day One of Lady Panther Invitational

Feb. 18, 2006

Georgia State Box Score
Kennesaw State Box Score

PANTEHRSVILLE, Ga. – Freshman Whitney Haller went 2-for-2, with a home run and three runs batted in to lead Georgia Tech (4-3) past Georgia State (2-3), 12-4 in five innings, in the opener of the Lady Panther Invitational at Bob Heck Field on Saturday. Kennesaw State (4-1) took advantage of four Tech errors in the nightcap to upset the Yellow Jackets, 5-4.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Whitney Humphreys (3-0) tossed 3.0 innings, allowing five hits, three runs, one earned run and struck out three. Haller threw the final two innings, giving up one, hit, one run, no earned runs and fanned one.

Sophomore Kacey Ivey went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in and sophomore Savannah Brown finished 2-for-4, with one RBI to lead Tech offensively against the Lady Panthers.

The Jackets wasted little time getting on the scoreboard against Georgia State as Haller blasted her second home run of the season, a two-run blast to right field, and Brown drove in the first run on a double as Tech led 3-0.

Haller and Ivey each drove in runs for the Jackets as Tech scored four more runs in the top of the third inning to take an 8-0 lead. The Lady Panthers scored an unearned run in the bottom half of the inning as the Jackets led 7-1 after three innings of play.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, GSU’s Jamie Cagle homered to left-center field after Tech committed an error to plate two runs and Alison Bradford doubled off the right field fence to bring the Lady Panthers within three, 7-4.

The Jackets tacked on five more runs in the top of the fifth inning, highlighted by a two RBI single by Ivey and a RBI double by senior Amy Hosier to give Tech its largest lead of the game, 12-4.

Tech scored a season-high 12 runs, on 11 hits and had two errors, while GSU scored four runs, on six hits and had three errors.

In game two against Kennesaw State, Hosier drove in a run for Tech in the top of the first inning as the Jackets jumped out in front 1-0. The Owls answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning courtesy of three Tech errors.

Hosier drove in her second run of the game for the Jackets with two outs in the top of the third inning to plate Ivey who reached on a single and advanced to second on a ground out as Tech reclaimed the lead, 2-1. The Owls scored four runs in the bottom half of the third inning, two unearned runs, to take their first lead of the game, 5-2.

Junior Caitlin Lever connected on her first home run in a Tech uniform in the top of the fourth inning to bring the Yellow Jackets within two, 5-3.

Tech could only push one run across with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the sixth inning as freshman Blair Shimandle drew a pinch hit walk to bring the Jackets within one, 5-4.

Tech stranded two base runners in the top of the seventh inning to fall by one run to the Owls. The Jackets are 0-3 lifetime against Kennesaw State.

Leading Tech at the plate against the Owls was Brown, Hosier and Lever. Brown went 2-for-3, with one RBI, Hosier finished 1-for-3, with two RBIs and Lever went 1-for-2, with a home run and one RBI.

Junior left-handed hurler Sarah Wood (1-1) was the hard luck loser in game two, throwing 3.0 innings, scattering six hits, allowing five runs, one earned run and struck out five.

The Jackets scored four runs, on six hits and committed a season-high four errors, while KSU scored five runs, on six hits and had two errors.

Tech will face Eastern Kentucky on Sunday at 12:15 p.m. to close out round robin play. A consolation game will take place at 2:30 p.m., with the title game to follow.

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