May 2, 2004
ATLANTA – Senior Erin Voeltz (15-7) tossed a complete-game shutout in the nightcap and No. 23 Georgia Tech (41-13, 5-5 ACC) scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in the opener to sweep Maryland (27-23, 1-9 ACC), 10-2 (6) and 1-0, Sunday afternoon in the final home games of the season at Glenn Field. Seniors Soraya Reddick and Tasha Waugh each drove in two runs in game one to lead the Yellow Jackets offensively.
Reddick put the Yellow Jackets ahead in the bottom of the second inning with a base hit up the middle, plating three runs as Maryland misplayed the ball and it rolled to the fence allowing two more runs to score as the Jackets led 3-0.
The Terps cut the deficit to 3-1 as Lauren Pollock singled to left center field to plate one run in the top of the fourth inning. Maryland’s Keri Lounge brought the Terrapins within one in the top of the sixth inning with a home run to left field as Tech led 3-2.
The Rambling Wreck put the game away in the bottom of the sixth inning with seven runs. Sophomore Amy Hosier started the inning with a base hit and scored on a triple by senior Sara Wissmann. Wissmann crossed the plate after the throw got away from the catcher. Junior Kirin Kumar singled to left field after a fly out and Reddick then drove her in with a triple to right center field. Reddick then scored on a base hit by junior Katie Donovan. Senior Tara Knudsen followed with the fourth straight hit for Tech. Bartle plated Donovan with a base hit up the middle. Waugh then doubled to left center field to drive in two more runs and later scored on a game-ending base knock by Hosier, her second hit in the inning, as Tech rolled 10-2 in six innings.
Junior Jessica Sallinger (26-6) won her seventh straight game for the Yellow Jackets, going the distance in the circle. Sallinger allowed her first earned run in 48.1 innings, giving up two, scattering five hits, while striking out four.
In game two, Voeltz and UMD’s Jessica Aditays had a pitcher’s duel as neither team managed a run in the first four innings. The Terps put runners on first and third in the top of the fifth inning, but Voeltz induced a pop out to third base to end the game’s first scoring threat by the Terrapins.
Kumar put the Jackets on top with a RBI sacrifice to second base to score Hosier who earlier singled through the right side as Tech led 1-0 after five complete innings of play.
Tech loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs, but could not take advantage as Aditays retired Knudsen with a fly out. Voeltz made the 1-0 lead stick, retiring the side in order over the last two innings, finishing with a four-hit shutout.
Kumar drove in the game winner for the Yellow Jackets and finished 3-for-4, with one RBI on the afternoon. Reddick went 3-for-4 in game one, while Waugh finished the day 3-for-7, with a double. Hosier went 3-for-4 and drove in one run in the opener and Donovan finished 2-for-3.
The 23rd-ranked Yellow Jackets will wrap up the regular season in Starkville, Miss., against Mississippi State on Saturday, May 8. The non-conference doubleheader is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.