Feb. 19, 2006
PANTHERSVILLE, Ga. – Freshman Lacey Richardson (1-1) fired her first collegiate no-hitter and freshman Whitney Haller went 2-for-3, with two runs batted in and a home run to lead Georgia Tech (5-3) past Eastern Kentucky (2-6), 8-0, in five innings at Bob Heck Field on Sunday afternoon.
The defensive woes continued for the Yellow Jackets in the top of the first inning as EKU loaded the bases on two Tech errors and a walk with one out. Richardson was able to pitch her way out of the jam on a foul out to the catcher and a ground out to second base to keep the Colonels off the scoreboard.
The Jackets scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning, highlighted by a RBI double by sophomore Stephanie Butler. Brown and Morales and freshman Blair Shimandle also drove in runs for Tech in the inning.
Tech extended its lead to eight runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning on a Haller two-run blast, her third of the season, and a RBI single by Brown. Junior Caitlin Lever made a diving grab in right field with two outs in the top of the fifth inning to preserve the no-hitter for Richardson.
The Yellow Jackets scored eight runs, on eight hits and committed three errors, while EKU had no runs, on no hits and had one error.
Tech will face tournament host Georgia State in the championship game later this afternoon. First pitch is slated for 4:45 p.m. at Bob Heck Field.