April 12, 2007
ATLANTA – Senior Sarah Wood (5-1) threw 5.0 strong innings, scattering seven hits, one run and struck out five, and senior Caitlin Lever went 3-for-4, with three runs batted in, to lead No. 24 Georgia Tech (37-13) past Western Carolina (18-25), 7-1, on Thursday at Glenn Field.
Sophomore Jennifer Yee went 2-for-4 for the Jackets with a double, while junior Savannah Brown finished 2-for-3, with one RBI and a walk. Sophomore Whitney Haller went 1-for-1, with two walks and junior Brittany Barnes drove in two runs for the Jackets.
Sophomore Tiffany Johnson tossed the final 2.0 innings for Tech in the circle, holding the Catamounts to one hit, striking out four.
The Jackets broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning as Brown and Lever each drove in runs as Tech led 2-0.
The Catamounts scored a run in the top of the fifth inning on a two-out RBI single by Stephanie Beatty, her third hit of the game, but the Jackets prevented a second run from scoring as junior Stephanie Butler threw a dart to home plate to cut off the base runner by three steps to keep Tech on top, 2-1.
The Yellow Jackets tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as Lever, Barnes and sophomore Blair Shimandle each drove in runs to give the Jackets a 5-1 lead after five innings of play.
The Rambling Wreck added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on Lever and Barnes RBIs to give the Jackets a six-run victory.
Tech scored seven runs, on 12 hits and had no errors, while WCU scored one run, on seven hits and committed two errors.
The Jackets will travel to College Park, Md., for a three-game ACC series with Maryland this weekend. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday (1 p.m.) and single game on Sunday (12 p.m.).