March 3, 2006
MARIETTA, Ga. – Sophomore Savannah Brown went 2-for-4, with two home runs and drove in four runs in game one and senior Christine Sheridan hit a grand slam, going 3-for-5, with a school record tying six RBIs in the nightcap to lead Georgia Tech (11-4) to wins over East Tennessee State (3-11), 11-2 (5), and Marshall (7-8), 12-6, on day one of the Atlanta Marriott Buzz Classic at Al Bishop Softball Complex.
Sophomore Whitney Humphreys (7-1) threw her second complete game of the season, allowing two runs, six hits and struck out four. Sophomore Aileen Morales went 2-for-4, with two doubles and senior Amy Hosier finished 2-for-2, with a double. Freshman Blair Shimandle went 2-for-3 for the Yellow Jackets in game one.
In game two, junior Sarah Wood (2-1) picked up the win in relief, working the final 3.0 innings, allowing two runs, no earned runs and struck out five. Sophomore Stephanie Butler finished 2-for-3 and Hosier homered, driving in three runs to lead the Jackets at the plate.
Brown smacked her second home run of the season in the top of the first inning, a three-run shot to center field, as Tech jumped out in front of East Tennessee State, 7-0.
ETSU’s Stephanie Gaynord homered in the bottom of the third inning to put the Lady Bucs on the scoreboard.
Brown hit her second home run of the game in the top of the fourth inning as the Jackets pushed their lead to 10, 11-1.
Tech scored 11 runs, on 13 hits and had no errors, while ETSU scored two runs, on six hits and committed two errors.
In game two, Marshall jumped out in front of Tech on a solo home run by Rachel Folden to center field as the Thundering Herd led 1-0.
Sheridan blasted a grand slam in the top of the second inning to give the Jackets their first lead of the game, 6-1.
MU’s Amanda Williams hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning to cut Tech’s lead to two, 6-4.
The Thundering Herd tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with two unearned runs on an error by the Tech second baseman as the game advanced to the sixth inning knotted at 6-6.
The Yellow Jackets regained the lead in the top of the sixth inning as Morales walked, stole second base and scored on a RBI single by Sheridan to give Tech a 7-6 lead. Freshman Whitney Haller doubled to right-center field to plate Sheridan, Brown was then intentionally walked and Hosier delivered a three-run home run to open the lead up to five, 11-6.
The Jackets scored 12 runs, on eight hits and had two errors, while Marshall scored six runs, on six hits and committed two errors.
Tech will round out pool play on Saturday against Austin Peay (1 p.m.) and Connecticut (4 p.m.). For a complete list of teams and schedule information, go to http://ramblinwreck.collegesports.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/06-buzz-classic.html.