March 18, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Junior Savannah Brown tied a single-game school record with two home runs and sophomore Jennifer Yee drove in five runs, going 2-for-5, with a home run, to lead No. 18 Georgia Tech (27-7, 1-2 ACC) to a split with Virginia Tech (24-9, 2-1 ACC), 1-3 and 21-1 (5), in Atlantic Coast Conference softball action on Sunday at the Tech Softball Park.
The Yellow Jackets broke a school record with five home runs in the game and largest margin of victory in an ACC contest, winning by 20 runs. Tech also had a season-high 17 hits.
Senior Sarah Wood (4-0) picked up her first win the circle since Feb. 18, going the distance, allowing four hits, one earned run and struck out six in five innings. Senior Caitlin Lever finished 2-for-2, with a home run and four RBIs. Junior Aileen Morales finished 2-for-2, with three RBIs, while senior Kristina Hull drove in two runs, going 3-for-3, with a home run.
Junior Whitney Humphreys (11-3) started game one for the Jackets in the circle, throwing 3.1 innings, allowing five hits, two earned runs and struck out two in the loss. Sophomore Lacey Richardson tossed the final 2.2 innings, scattering three hits, giving up one run, no earned runs and fanned one.
VT’s Angela Tincher (18-3) won the opening game, throwing all 7.0 innings, striking out 16, while allowing just three hits and one earned run.
In game one, the Yellow Jackets took the first lead of the game in the top of the third inning with a run on a sacrifice fly by Lever after Morales reached on an infield single, advanced to second on a passed ball and moved over to third on a wild pitch.
The Hokies answered in the bottom half of the third inning with two runs on RBI singles by Charisse Mariconda and Kelsey Hoffman as the Jackets trailed, 2-1.
The Jackets would have runners at second and third with two outs in the top of the fifth inning, but VT’s Tincher picked up her 12th strikeout of the game to preserve the Hokies’ one-run lead.
The Hokies scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a dropped fly ball as Yee and Lever collided and allowed the ball to drop with a runner on second base as the Rambling Wreck went down by two runs, 3-1.
Tincher would retire the side in order for the final two innings as Virginia Tech claimed the series with the 3-1 victory.
The Jackets scored one run, on three hits and had one error, while VT scored three runs, on eight hits and had no errors.
In game two, the Yellow Jackets scored two runs in the top of the first inning on an error and a RBI double by Lever.
The Jackets tacked on two more runs in the top of the second inning as Morales had a sacrifice fly to right field and Yee singled through the left side as the lead grew to four runs.
The Rambling Wreck opened up the game in the top of the third inning, batting around in the order and scoring seven runs, highlighted by three-run home runs by Yee and Brown as the Jackets led by 10, 11-1.
The Jackets posted four more runs in the top of the fourth inning on two-run home runs by senior Kristina Hull and Haller as the lead moved to 14, 15-1.
The Rambling Wreck added six more runs in the top of the fifth inning as Morales and Yee drove in runs and Lever smacked her seventh home run of the season to plate three more as the lead became 20, 21-1.
The Yellow Jackets scored 21 runs, on 17 hits and had no errors, while VT scored one run, on three hits and committed four errors.
The Jackets will travel to San Diego, Calif., for a non-conference doubleheader at San Diego State on Wednesday. Those games are scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.