April 4, 2007
FURMAN, S.C. – Sophomore Tiffany Johnson (14-5) worked 5.0 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and fanned nine, and junior Savannah Brown went 4-for-8, with a home run (9) and three runs batted in, to lead No. 24 Georgia Tech (34-12) to a sweep over Furman (12-20-1), 5-0 and 8-1, on Wednesday at Pepsi Stadium.
Junior Aileen Morales drove in a pair of runs for the Jackets in the opener, finishing 3-for-6 for the two games. Sophomore Blair Shimandle was a perfect 3-for-3 in the opener, while junior Stephanie Butler went 3-for-3 in the nightcap.
Sophomore Whitney Haller went 3-for-8 in the two games, driving in three runs for the Jackets. Senior Sarah Wood closed out game one for the Jackets in the circle, tossing 2.0 innings, allowing no runs and two hits to combine with Johnson for the 10th shutout of the season.
Junior Whitney Humphreys (14-5) tossed 5.0 innings in game two, scattering five hits, one run, one earned run and struck out four. Sophomore Lacey Richardson tossed the final 2.0 innings, giving up just one hit and struck out one.
In game one, the Lady Paladins loaded the bases with no outs on a single up the middle and two walks, but Johnson got out of the inning with two big strikeouts and a foul out to third base to keep the game scoreless after one inning of play.
The Yellow Jackets broke through the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning as junior Aileen Morales drove in a run and Brown homered to left field to plate three more to give Tech a 4-0 lead.
Morales drove in her second run of the game in the top of the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly to plate freshman Laurie Reed who came into the game to pinch run for junior Brittany Barnes who reached on a leadoff walk as the Jackets increased their lead to five, 5-0.
Tech scored five runs, on 11 hits and had no errors, while Furman had no runs, three four hits and no errors.
In game two, the Jackets scored a run in the first inning as sophomore Jennifer Yee singled up the middle to score Morales who doubled to left center field and stole third base.
Tech struck again in the top of the second inning for six runs, highlighted by a bases loaded double off the wall by Haller and a sacrifice fly by senior Caitlin Lever as the lead increased to 7-0.
The Lady Paladins broke through in the bottom of the second inning as Amber Kiser singled through the left side with two outs and the bases loaded to cut the deficit to six, 7-1.
The Yellow Jackets scored an unearned run in the top of the fifth inning on an error by the Furman second baseman which allowed Butler to score as the lead grew to seven, 8-1.
The Jackets scored eight runs, on 11 hits and committed two errors, while the Lady Paladins scored one run, on six hits and had three errors.
The Yellow Jackets will host Florida State in an ACC three-game series this Easter weekend, April 7-8, at Glenn Field. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday, both days beginning at 1 p.m. The games on Saturday will air on www.ACCSelect.com via webcast.