April 6, 2005
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Sophomore Sarah Wood (10-2) worked five strong innings and freshman Savannah Brown went 4-for-4, with two doubles and one RBI, to lead No. 21 Georgia Tech (35-9) over Alabama State (7-19), 5-1, at Lagoon Park on Wednesday afternoon. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Brown, a native of El Cajon, Calif., tied a single game school record with her four hits on the afternoon. Freshman Aileen Morales, junior Lauren Schlechte and seniors Liz Bartle and Kirin Kumar each drove in a run for the Yellow Jackets. Wood won her eighth decision in her last nine starts, scattering three hits and striking out four.
Kumar led off the top of the third inning with an infield single and came around to score on a throwing error by the ASU third baseman off an infield single by sophomore Caitlin Lever to give the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 lead.
Bartle drove in the second run of the game for Tech in the top of the fourth inning on a base hit to left field to plate freshman Savannah Brown who doubled to left-center field. Kumar drove in freshman Riki Creger-Zier, who came in to pinch run for Bartle, on a ground ball to second base to push the Jackets’ lead to 3-0.
ASU’s Tyeah Patterson singled through the left side with runners at second and third and one out in the bottom of the fourth inning to bring the Lady Hornets within two, 3-1. Wood retired the next two batters on a strikeout and a ground out to advance the game to the fifth inning.
Wood was relieved from the circle in the bottom of the sixth inning in favor of freshman Whitney Humphreys. Humphreys struck out three in the final two innings, allowing just one base runner on a walk.
The Jackets will host NC State for an Atlantic Coast Conference three-game series this Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, at Glenn Field. The two teams will play a doubleheader at Noon on Saturday and a single game on Sunday at Noon.