April 26, 2006
STATESBORO, Ga. – Senior Amy Hosier went 3-for-4, with a home run (8) and three walks, and junior Sarah Wood (16-6) threw a two-hit, complete-game shutout in the nightcap, to lead Georgia Tech (42-16) past Georgia Southern (24-30), 3-2 and 3-0, in softball action at Eagle Field on Wednesday.
Wood retired 24 of 26 batters faced in game two to record her third shutout of the season. She also picked up her second save of the season in the opener, retiring the final batter of the game with the bases loaded. Hosier tied a single-game Tech record with three walks in game two.
Sophomore Whitney Humphreys (17-5) worked 6.0 strong innings in game one, scattering five hits, two earned runs and struck out four to earn the win for the Yellow Jackets.
Junior Caitlin Lever finished 2-for-2, with one run scored, freshman Blair Shimandle finished 1-for-3, with an inside-the-park home run (3) and two runs batted in, while sophomore Stephanie Butler finished 2-for-3, to lead the Yellow Jackets offensively in game one.
GSU’s Logan Free (11-10) was the tough-luck loser in the nightcap, throwing all 7.0 innings, allowing just two hits, tying a season-low for Tech, allowing three earned runs.
In game one, Hosier homered to right field, her eighth of the season, to break a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning. Shimandle then hit Tech’s first inside-the-park home run as the Eagle left fielder dove for a line shot down the line and missed it to allow Shimandle to track all the way around the bases for her third home run of the season, driving in two runs, to give the Jackets a 3-0 lead.
GSU’s Maria Laurato put the Eagles on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the fourth inning with a solo shot to left field as Tech’s lead was cut to two runs, 3-1.
The Eagles rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning with two singles and two walks to push a run across to cut the lead to 3-2. Wood, who entered the circle with the bases loaded and two outs, walked the first hitter she faced, but responded with a ground out to close out the game for Tech.
The Jackets scored three runs, on nine hits and had no errors, while GSU scored two runs, on six hits and had no errors in game one.
In game two, the Yellow Jackets plated two runs in the top of the first inning as freshman Aileen Morales drove in two runs with the bases loaded and two outs with a single up the middle to give Tech a 2-0 lead.
Junior Daisy Paez drove in the third run for Tech in the top of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly to center field to increase the Jackets’ lead to three, 3-0.
After the one hour and 32 minute rain delay, neither pitcher allowed much of an offensive threat as neither team managed another run over the final three innings of play.
Tech scored three runs, on two hits and committed two errors, while the Eagles were held to no runs, two hits and had no errors.
The Yellow Jackets (11-7 ACC) return to Atlanta to face No. 25 Virginia Tech (33-14, 10-7 ACC) in a three-game ACC series at Glenn Field, April 29-30. Tech will honor seniors Amy Hosier and Christine Sheridan on Sunday, both days start at 1 p.m.