March 22, 2006
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas’ Cat Osterman (20-1) and Megan Denny combined for a shutout in game one, allowing two hits and struck out 13, and Desiree Williams drove in two runs in the nightcap as the third-ranked Longhorns (33-3) swept Georgia Tech (26-8) in softball action, 1-0 and 5-3, at McCombs Field on Wednesday night.
Junior Sarah Wood (9-2) was the tough-luck loser for the Jackets in the opener, dropping a decision for the first time in nine starts. Wood worked six innings, allowing one run, four hits and struck out four.
Freshman Lacey Richardson (4-3) three four innings in the nightcap, allowing seven hits, five runs, three earned runs and struck out two.
The third-ranked Longhorns used dominating pitching performances from Osterman and Denny in game one and Tina Boutelle broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with her eighth home run of the season to lift UT past Tech, 1-0.
The Jackets were shut out for the first time in 58 games, dating back to last season where Chattanooga defeated Tech 1-0 on March 30.
Tech had no runs, two hits and one error, while Texas scored one run, on four hits and committed two errors.
Texas struck first in game two as Desiree Williams singled to left field to plate two runs and snap a scoreless game in the bottom of the third inning and tallied two more unearned runs to take a 5-0 lead over Tech.
With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the fifth inning, senior Amy Hosier brought the Jackets within striking distance with a double to left-center field to plate three runs and bring Tech within two runs, 5-3.
Tech scored three runs, on three hits and had two errors, while the Longhorns scored five runs, on seven hits and had no errors.
The Yellow Jackets will return to Atlantic Coast Conference action this Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26, at Glenn Field. The two teams will play two games on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m. All home games are free admission and can be followed via live stats at www.ramblinwreck.com.