March 9, 2005
ATLANTA – No. 19 Georgia Tech (21-5) banged out 25 hits to post wins over Boston University (5-8), 12-0 (5), and Oakland University (0-8), 7-4, at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Wednesday afternoon at Glenn Field. Senior pitcher Jessica Sallinger (11-3) threw her fifth complete-game shutout against BU, striking out 12 in five innings to move into 12th all-time in the NCAA with 1,166 strikeouts.
Senior Katie Donovan led the offensive charge, going 4-for-6, with four runs batted in and a home run (1). Freshman Aileen Morales finished 3-for-7, with three runs scored and stole her 19th base of the season. Freshman Savannah Brown drove in three runs against the Terriers and finished 1-for-2, with a double and a walk.
Sophomore pitcher Sarah Wood (5-1) picked up the win in the circle for the Jackets against the Golden Grizzlies. The Marietta, Ga., native threw all seven innings, allowing four runs, one earned run, giving up five hits and fanned two. Sophomore Caitlin Lever went 3-for-3 in the nightcap and junior Amy Hosier went 2-for-4 with four runs batted in. Junior Christine Sheridan drove in two runs for the Jackets against OU, finishing the game 2-for-3 with a stolen base.
The Yellow Jackets tallied a season-high 12 runs in the opener versus Boston. Tech scored three runs in the first and seven more in the second inning, courtesy of a three-run home run by Donovan and a two-run double by Brown. The Jackets tallied two more runs in the third inning to close out the scoring in the game as Tech rolled, 12-0.
The Rambling Wreck opened up scoring in the nightcap versus Oakland with three runs in the bottom of the first inning as Hosier drove in two runs with two outs. Senior Liz Bartle then doubled down the left field line to plate Hosier as the Jackets led 3-0.
Tech put four more runs on the board in the second inning as Sheridan and Hosier drove in two runs each to extend the lead to seven, 7-0.
The Golden Grizzlies broke through in the fifth inning, capitalizing on two Tech errors to score three runs as Christina Schulte singled to break up Wood’s no-hit bid. OU’s Abbey Hernandez doubled to right field to plate another run for OU as the lead was cut to four, 7-3.
Oakland tallied another unearned run in the seventh inning on a couple of throwing errors by the Jackets to bring the score to a final, 7-4. Schulte finished the game for OU 2-for-3, with two runs scored.
The Jackets will remain at Glenn Field as they welcome North Carolina this weekend for a three-game series. The Atlantic Coast Conference games will begin at Noon, with a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.