May 19, 2007
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 18 Texas (35-19) used a four-run first inning and Erin Tresselt (12-3) tossed 6.2 strong innings, allowing five hits, two runs, one earned run and struck out four, to lead the Longhorns past No. 15 Georgia Tech (54-16), 4-2, in an elimination game at the NCAA Gainesville Regional on Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets end the season with a school record 54 wins and smashed 96 home runs, ninth best in NCAA history.
Junior Aileen Morales led the offensive attack, going 2-for-3, with a home run and one RBI. She also set a new Atlantic Coast Conference single-season record with 73 runs scored.
Junior Savannah Brown went 1-for-3, with a single and one RBI, finishing the year with an ACC record 76 runs batted in. Senior Caitlin Lever went 1-for-3, ending her final season with a school record 94 hits.
Junior Brittany Barnes also finished the game 1-for-3, tallying one double. Senior Sarah Wood (12-3) took the loss, throwing 0.2 innings, allowing four hits, four runs and three earned runs. Sophomore Tiffany Johnson came in on relief of Wood and tossed 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and struck out nine.
Morales opened the scoring in the game with a leadoff home run to left field, her seventh of the season, to give Tech an early 1-0 lead.
The Longhorns responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning, chasing Wood from the game. Jacqueline Williams, Megan Willis and Tallie Thrasher all drove in runs for UT as the Jackets trailed 4-1.
The Yellow Jackets got within two of the Longhorns in the top of the sixth inning on a RBI single by Brown as Texas continued to lead, 4-2.
Barnes led off the top of the seventh inning with a double down the left-field line. After Tresselt recorded a ground out and a strikeout, UT brought in Denny and she earned her first save of the season.
Tech scored two runs, on five hits and had one error, while the Longhorns scored four runs, on six hits and had two errors.