April 27, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Junior Savannah Brown tied her own school record with three home runs in the nightcap, smashing four in the doubleheader, and junior Brittany Barnes connected on three home runs in the two games, driving in 10 runs, to lead No. 20 Georgia Tech (48-13, 13-6 ACC) to its first Atlantic Coast Conference series win at Virginia (17-36, 1-19 ACC),with a pair of five inning wins, 12-3 and 15-0, on Friday at The Park.
The Yellow Jackets set a new school record with their 14th straight win and look to push their streak to 15 games to close out the regular season against the Cavaliers. The previous record was 13, during the 1992 and 2005 campaigns.
Brown and Barnes each have 19 home runs on the season and 71 runs batted in, one shy of tying the ACC record of 72, held by Tech sophomore Whitney Haller. Barnes connected on her second grand slam of the season in the first inning of game two, going 3-for-6 on the day, while Brown went 4-for-5, with eight RBIs for the Jackets.
Sophomore Jennifer Yee was a perfect 4-for-4 in the opener, and finished the day 5-for-6, with three RBIs, extending her hitting streak to a team-high 13 games, one shy of her career-best 14 mark.
Senior Caitlin Lever finished the day 3-for-4, with three walks, while junior Aileen Morales set a new school record with 66 runs scored on the season, going 3-for-7, with three runs scored on the afternoon. Haller posted a 3-for-4 mark in game two, driving in three runs.
Senior Sarah Wood (9-1) tossed 4.0 scoreless innings in the nightcap, allowing just three hits and fanned two, picking up her fifth straight win in the circle. Junior Whitney Humphreys tossed her team-leading 10th complete game in the opener, working 5.0 innings, scattering eight hits, three earned runs and struck out seven, en route to her eighth consecutive win in the circle.
In game one, the Jackets tacked on five runs in the top of the first inning all with two outs, highlighted by a two-run single by senior Kristina Hull and a three-run homer by Barnes.
Barnes struck her second three-run home run of the game in the top of the third inning, this time a blast to center field, as the Jackets took an 8-0 lead.
UVa’s Kelly Haller blasted her 11th home run of the season to left field, a two-run shot, to bring the Cavaliers within six, 8-2.
Tech scored three more runs in the fourth inning, as Brown blasted a home run to right center field to score two and Yee singled to left field to score Morales as the Jackets took an 11-2 advantage.
Yee smacked her fourth hit of the game in the top of the fifth inning to score sophomore Blair Shimandle who tripled to right center field as the Jackets took their largest lead of the game at 10, 12-2.
UVa closed the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a run as Sarah Tacke doubled to center field to score a run as Tech went on to win the opener, 12-3, in five innings.
Tech scored 12 runs, on 12 hits and had no errors, while UVa scored three runs, on eight hits and committed three errors.
In game two, the Jackets scored 11 runs in the top of the first inning, seven without making an out, highlighted by a grand slam by Barnes, her third homer of the day and second grand slam of the season, and a three-run blast by Brown as Tech led 11-0.
Brown smacked her second home run of the game in the top of fourth inning to give the Rambling Wreck a 12-0 lead.
Brown struck her third homer of the game, tying her own school record, to give Tech a 15-0, five-inning win over the Wahoos.
Tech scored 15 runs, on 12 hits and committed two errors, while UVa had no runs, three hits and had two errors.
The Yellow Jackets will take on the Cavaliers in a single game on Saturday in their regular season finale. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. at The Park and can be followed via live stats on www.ramblinwreck.com.