Feb. 16, 2005
GREENVILLE, S.C. – No. 16 Georgia Tech used a four run first inning to power by Furman, 10-0 at Pepsi Stadium. Amy Hosier and Lauren Schlechte both had two RBI in the first inning to lead the charge for the Jackets. The win makes Tech 9-0 on the season for the first time since beginning the 1991 season 13-0.
Tech used dominant hitting to score 10 runs on 11 hits. Hosier led the way for Tech going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two runs batted in. Schlechte also had a double and three RBI as she went 2-for-3 on the day.
Tech was able to use strong pitching by All-American Jessica Sallinger (6-0) to keep the Paladins at bay. The senior hurler struck out the side in her final two innings of the day to give her nine Ks on the day. Sallinger’s nine strikeouts gives the senior 1,083 for her career, just six shy of 20th place on the NCAA career list. The win moved the Kennesaw, Ga. native into a tie for third in the ACC for most career victories (86).
Freshman Whitney Humphreys entered the game in relief in the sixth inning. Humphries allowed only two hits, striking out four and allowing no walks.
The Jackets got things started in the first inning scoring four runs, on two hits and three walks by Furman pitcher Rachel Henley. Hosier’s two-run single put the Jackets on the board and then Schlechte recorded a two-run double to give Tech a 4-0 advantage.
Georgia Tech added an insurance run in the second as Aileen Morales hit a double to left-center field and then scored on an error by the Paladins second baseman.
In the seventh inning, the Yellow Jackets added five more runs to secure the victory. Hosier doubled to left center to start the inning and then advanced to third on a passed ball. Schlechte singled to left field to score Hosier. Kristina Hull hit a single down the left field line to move Schlechte to third. Kacey Ivey was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A RBI sacrifice fly by Morales advanced the runners. With runners on second and third, Stephanie Butler cleared the bases with a triple to right center. Butler scored on a wild pitch to end the scoring for the Jackets.
In the second game of the day, the Jackets were ahead 9-3 after four innings before the game was called due to darkness.
Tech returns to action at the Lady Panther Invitational on Saturday, February 19. The Jackets will play Eastern Kentucky at 10 a.m. and will take on Evansville at 12:05 p.m.