April 1, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Freshman Whitney Haller went 3-for-3, with a home run (13), four runs batted in and tallied her school-record sixth save of the season in the circle in the nightcap to lead No. 25 Georgia Tech (30-11, 6-2 ACC) to an Atlantic Coast Conference split with Florida State (26-17, 4-4 ACC) on Saturday at JoAnne Graf Field.
Sophomore Whitney Humphreys (14-2) returned in the circle for the Yellow Jackets in the nightcap, throwing 5.0 innings, scattering seven hits, allowing three runs and struck out one. Senior Christine Sheridan went 2-for-5, with one RBI and freshman Blair Shimandle finished 2-for-3, with a double to lead the Jackets offensively in game two.
Florida State’s Tiffany McDonald (16-10) worked all five innings, scattering four hits and struck out four. Junior Sarah Wood (10-5) threw 3.0 innings for Tech, allowing seven runs, five earned runs in the loss.
In game one, the Yellow Jackets pushed a run across in the top of the first inning as freshman Aileen Morales led off with a walk, stole second base, advanced to third on a throwing error by the FSU catcher and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Christine Sheridan.
FSU tied the game in the bottom half of the first inning on a ball that was hit back to the circle with the bases loaded which was misplayed and allowed the runner from third to score as the game moved to the second tied at 1-1.
The Seminoles took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the second as Natasha Jacob and Veronica Wootson drove in runs as Tech trailed 3-1.
The `Noles took advantage of three Tech errors in the bottom of the third inning, scoring four runs on four hits, highlighted by Yuruby Alicart’s two run single up the middle as the Jackets were down by six, 7-1.
Tech scored one run, on four hits and committed four errors, while FSU scored 10 runs, on 12 hits and had two errors.
In game two, the Jackets jumped out in front 1-0 in the top of the first inning as freshman Whitney Haller singled to shallow right field to drive in Morales who reached on a leadoff walk, stole second and reached third on a ground out.
Alicart hit her seventh home run of the season for the Seminoles with a runner on first base in the bottom half of the first to put FSU on top, 2-1.
Tech’s Haller blasted her 13th home run of the season in the top of the second inning and Sheridan and Morales drove in runs as Tech took its second lead of the game, 5-2.
The Seminoles’ Wootson drove in a run for FSU in the bottom half of the third inning to bring the `Noles back within two, 5-3.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Tech could only manage one run across in the top of the fourth inning on a Haller sacrifice fly to deep left-center field as the Jackets increased their lead to three, 6-3.
Hull drove in a run for the Jackets in the top of the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly to plate junior Caitlin Lever who reached on a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third base. Morales drove in another run for the Jackets as they went on to win 8-3.
Tech scored eight runs, on 11 hits and had one error, while the Seminoles scored three runs, on nine hits and committed three errors.
The 25th-ranked Yellow Jackets and Seminoles will play the third and final game of this ACC series on Sunday at JoAnne Graf Field. Game time is set for 1 p.m.