May 12, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Junior Daisy Paez smashed two home runs, going 3-for-4, with three runs batted in, and junior Sarah Wood (18-7) worked 4.1 strong innings, scattering eight hits and three runs, to lead No. 4 seed Georgia Tech (44-19) past No. 8 seed Boston College (22-26), 7-3, at the Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Tournament on Friday in an elimination game.
Senior Amy Hosier finished the game 3-for-4 for the Jackets, with two runs scored. ACC Freshman of the Year Whitney Haller hit her 23rd home run of the season, while sophomore Aileen Morales connected on her third dinger of the year.
The Eagles’ Jenna Macchi finished the game 4-for-4, with a home run and two RBIs. Britney Thompson finished 2-for-3 for BC.
The Eagles grabbed the first lead of the game 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning as Ashley Obrest singled to center field to plate Macchi who doubled to left-center field with two outs.
The Yellow Jackets loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the third inning with 3-4-5 up in the order, but BC’s Amanda Klimczak (6-7) pitched her way out of the jam with a pop out to the pitcher, and a pair of ground outs to keep Tech off the scoreboard and preserve its 1-0 lead.
Macchi increased the Eagles’ lead to three runs with a two-run blast with two outs in the bottom of the third inning to left-center field as Tech trailed 3-0.
The Yellow Jackets took their first lead of the game in the top of the fifth inning on back-to-back home runs by junior Daisy Paez, a three-run blast to left-center field, and sophomore Aileen Morales to center field, a solo shot, as Tech led 4-3.
Haller exploded on a pitch to center field, a two-run shot, to extend the Jackets’ lead to three, 6-3, in the top of the sixth inning. One batter later, Paez connected on her second homer of the game, her fourth of the season, to push the lead to four and close out the scoring in the game.
Tech scored seven runs, on 11 hits and had one error, while BC scored three runs, on 10 hits and committed one error.
The fourth-seeded Jackets will face the loser of No. 2 seed North Carolina (47-15) and No. 6 seed Virginia (29-24) at 5:30 p.m. The game can be followed via live webcast at Raycom Sports