May 11, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Junior Whitney Humphreys (23-5) tossed her fifth complete-game shutout of the season, earning her 10th straight win in the circle, scattering four hits and striking out six, while senior Caitlin Lever broke the single-season school record with 90 hits, going 2-for-4, to lead No. 17 Georgia Tech (52-13) to a 4-0 victory over Boston College (15-30) at the Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Tournament on Friday at JoAnne Graf Field.
“Whitney pitched an incredible game,” said Tech coach Sharon Perkins. “She mixed her pitches well, kept them off balance and we played great defense. On offense, we kept fighting and did just enough to win.”
The Yellow Jackets tied a school record with their 52nd win of the season and increase their school record winning streak to 18 games. Sophomore Jennifer Yee increased her team-leading hitting streak to 17 games, finishing the game 3-for-4, with a home run (9) and one RBI.
The Yellow Jackets broke through a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning as Hull earned a walk with the bases loaded and two outs as Tech led 1-0.
Yee extended Tech’s lead with her ninth home run of the season, a two-out blast to right field, as the Jackets went up by two, 2-0.
Lever tripled off the right-center field fence in the top of the sixth inning and scored on a double by Barnes to give the Jackets a three-run lead.
The Jackets tacked on an unearned run in the top of the seventh inning to increase their lead to four heading to the bottom half of the inning.
Tech scored four runs, on eight hits and had no errors, while BC had no runs, on four hits and committed one error.
The third-seeded Yellow Jackets advance to the semifinals of the tournament and will play on Saturday at 11 a.m. and will have to be beaten twice. The game can be followed on www.ACCSelect.com, or via live stats on www.ramblinwreck.com.
NOTES: GT’s Lever is 9 hits shy of the ACC single season record, set by FSU’s Serita Brooks in 2000…Jackets are in the semifinals for the second consecutive season, and look to make their third appearance in the Championship game in the last four years.