March 29, 2006
ATLANTA – Freshman right-handed pitcher Whitney Haller (1-1) picked up her first win in relief, throwing 3.0 innings, allowing one run and three hits and junior Caitlin Lever went 2-for-3, with a home run (4), to lead No. 25 Georgia Tech (29-10) to a split with No. 10 Georgia (29-9), 6-4 and 7-15, in softball action on Wednesday at Glenn Field.
The Bulldogs’ Megan McAllister went 6-for-7, with three home runs and six runs batted in. Jessica Doucette (10-4) picked up the win in relief, throwing the final 4.0 innings, allowing two runs, one earned run and struck out one.
Senior Amy Hosier blasted her fourth home run of the season and drove in two runs for the Jackets in the opener. Junior left-handed pitcher Sarah Wood (10-4) picked up the loss in the circle, working 3.0 innings, allowing six runs, six earned runs and walked one.
Lever finished 2-for-3, with two RBIs in the nightcap, while freshman Blair Shimandle went 3-fro-4, with one RBI and Haller went 2-for-4, with a double and two runs scored.
In game one, McAllister put the Bulldogs up by two in the top of the first inning with a two-run home run to left field as Tech trailed 2-0.
Lever cut into the UGA lead with a solo blast to right field, her fourth of the season, to put the Jackets on the scoreboard, 2-1.
Tech took its first lead of the game with four unearned runs in the bottom of the third inning, highlighted by a two-run shot off the bat of Hosier, her fourth of the year, to push the Jackets ahead by three, 5-2.
The Bulldogs scored a run in the top of the fourth inning on a wild pitch with the bases loaded as the Jackets led 5-3.
With first and third and two outs, Tech pulled off a double steal to push its advantage to three runs, 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
McAllister homered for the second time in the game for the Bulldogs, blasting a solo shot to left-center field in the top of the seventh inning. With runners on first and third and two outs, Haller returned to the circle to close the door and pick up her first win of the game.
Tech scored six runs, on seven hits and committed one error, while UGA scored four runs, on seven hits and had one error.
In game two, Doucette homered to right field to put the Bulldogs up 1-0 in the top of the first inning. The Yellow Jackets responded with four runs in the bottom half inning, courtesy of a two RBI double by Lever, an RBI single by Shimandle and a sacrifice fly by sophomore Savannah Brown as Tech led 4-1 after one.
McAllister struck again for the Bulldogs, this time a three-run home run in the top of the third inning to tie the score, 4-4. UGA then put runners on second and third with one out after a single and double to close the book on Wood. Freshman Lacey Richardson entered the circle for the Jackets and recorded a line out to third base, but Charvi Greer singled up the middle to plate two runs and give the Bulldogs a 6-4 lead.
Brown connected on her seventh home run of the season for the Yellow Jackets in the bottom half of the third inning to bring the score to 6-5.
The Bulldogs plated five more runs in the top of the sixth inning on six hits to take their biggest lead of the game 11-5.
Tech scored seven runs, on 11 hits and had two errors, while Georgia scored 15 runs, on 19 hits and had two errors.
Tech will return to conference action this weekend as the Jackets travel to Tallahassee, Fla., for a three-game set with Florida State Saturday-Sunday.