March 24, 2007
ATLANTA – Sophomore Tiffany Johnson (12-4) tossed 8.0 strong innings, allowing one run and struck out 10 for a pair of wins in the circle and sophomore Jennifer Yee went 3-for-5, with two runs batted in, to lead No. 20 Georgia Tech (29-9, 3-2 ACC) past No. 23 NC State (21-13, 2-3 ACC), 11-10 and 4-1, in Atlantic Coast Conference softball action on Saturday at Glenn Field.
Senior Caitlin Lever went 3-for-6 on the day, with two walks and one RBI. Junior Savannah Brown drove in the game-winning runs in the nightcap, finishing 1-for-2, with a double and two RBIs. Sophomore Blair Shimandle was a perfect 3-for-3 in the opener, scoring two runs and drove in another.
Junior Aileen Morales drove in two runs for the Jackets in game one, finishing 1-for-3 and scored two runs. Senior Sarah Wood (4-1) had a no decision in the opener, throwing 4.1 innings, allowing nine hits, eight runs and struck out two. Johnson drove in the game-winning run in the opener, going 1-for-1 for the Jackets.
In game one, the Wolfpack struck first in the top of the second inning for three runs, highlighted by a two-run home run by Heather Gelbard. The Yellow Jackets responded with two runs off a RBI double by Morales as Tech trailed 3-2.
NC State added a run in the top of the third inning on a leadoff home run by Jen Chamberlin as the Jackets went down by two runs, 4-2.
The Pack added four runs in the top of the fifth inning as Chamberlin homered for the second time in the game, Miranda Ervin hit a sacrifice fly and Allison Presnell tripled to center field and then scored on an illegal pitch as Tech trailed by six, 8-2.
The Jackets tacked on two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on a wild pitch and RBI ground out to second base by Brown as the Rambling Wreck cut the lead to four runs, 8-4.
The Wolfpack took a 10-4 lead with two more runs in the top of the sixth inning on a RBI single by Ervin and an error by the Tech catcher as NC State led by six.
The Jackets exploded for six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning off a two RBI single by Yee and RBIs from Lever and Shimandle who singled twice in the inning as the Jackets and Pack were tied at 10-10.
Tech would push the winning run across in the bottom of the seventh inning as Johnson singled through the right side with two outs and the bases loaded to cap off an incredible comeback for the Jackets, 11-10.
Tech scored 11 runs, on 14 hits and had three errors, while State scored 10 runs, on 11 hits and committed four errors.
In game two, NC State took an early lead in the top of the second inning on a two-out single to right center field by Megan Dalthorp to give the Pack a 1-0 lead.
The Jackets finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth inning with four runs, highlighted by a two RBI double by Brown and scored two more runs on an error by the Wolfpack shortstop as Tech led 4-1.
Tech scored four runs, on five hits and had one error, while NC State scored one run, on three hits and committed two errors.
The Yellow Jackets and Wolfpack will conclude the three-game ACC series tomorrow at Glenn Field. First pitch is slated for Noon.