March 3, 2007
WOODSTOCK, Ga. – Sophomore Tiffany Johnson (6-2) allowed no hits over 5.0 innings in the opener, striking out 10, and senior Caitlin Lever went 5-for-6, with a double, triple and four runs batted in on the afternoon, to lead No. 21 Georgia Tech (18-3) past Lipscomb (9-9), 11-1 (5), and Centenary (8-10), 8-1, on Saturday at the Buzz Classic.
Johnson, a native of Atlanta, came into the circle with the bases loaded and no outs in game one after senior Sarah Wood started the game and was unable to record an out, walking three and committing one error. Johnson then retired all 15 batters she faced in the game to record a combined no-hitter for the Yellow Jackets.
Sophomore Jennifer Yee finished the day 4-for-6, with a home run, double and four RBIs. Senior Daisy Paez hit her third pinch hit home run in the opener, while junior Kristina Hull homered on her birthday, finishing the day with two RBIs.
Junior Aileen Morales was also impressive for Tech, going 4-for-6 in the two games, with a double, three RBIs and a stolen base. Junior Whitney Humphreys (8-1) worked 5.1 strong innings in the nightcap, allowing one run, five hits and struck out nine.
In game one, the Lady Bisons loaded the bases on an error and two walks in the top of the first inning and then scored a run without even swinging the bat as Wood walked her third hitter of the game as Tech trailed 1-0. With the bases full and no outs, Johnson entered the circle for the Jackets and retired the side with two big strikeouts and a ground out to second base.
The Rambling Wreck responded with four runs in the bottom half of the first inning as Haller, juniors Savannah Brown and Brittany Barnes had RBI doubles, and Lever drove in a run as Tech took a 4-1 lead after one inning of play.
Yee and Lever each drove in runs in the bottom of the second inning as Tech scored three more to push its advantage to six runs, 7-1.
Hull and Paez hit back-to-back home runs to start the third inning and Yee followed with a two-run shot as the Jackets’ lead swelled up to 10 runs, 11-1.
Tech scored 11 runs, on 13 hits and committed one error, while LU had one run, on no hits and had three errors.
In the nightcap against Centenary, Lever tripled down the right field line to plate Yee as the Jackets took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
The Jackets busted the game open on the top of the fourth inning with five runs on four hits. Morales doubled with the bases loaded, while Hull, Yee and junior Stephanie Butler each drove in runs as Tech led 6-0.
The Ladies pushed a run across in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two-out RBI single to left field by Haley Bassett as Centenary trailed by five, 6-1.
Morales led off the top of the seventh inning with a solo home run and Lever doubled off the right-center field fence to drive in a run as Tech took an 8-1 lead into the bottom half of the seventh inning.
Tech scored right runs, on nine hits and committed one error, while Centenary scored one run, on five hits and had no errors.
The Yellow Jackets will await the Indiana State and New Mexico game tonight at 7 p.m. If the Lobos defeat the Sycamores, Tech will advance to the Gold Bracket, but if ISU wins and holds New Mexico to under three runs, the Jackets will play in the Silver Bracket on Sunday.
Game times are 9 a.m. (quarterfinals), 11 a.m. (semifinals) and championship (1 p.m.). For more information on the tournament, including schedules and box scores from games, please go to Buzz Classic Central.