April 7, 2004
ATLANTA – Junior Jessica Sallinger (20-6) fanned the first nine batters of the opener and finished with a one-hitter and 15 strikeouts and senior Erin Voeltz (13-4) followed with a three-hitter in the nightcap as No. 22 Georgia Tech (33-10) swept Georgia State (13-22), 3-0 and 8-0 (6), this afternoon at Glenn Field. Senior Tara Knudsen went 4-for-5 in the doubleheader, with a double and three walks.
Sallinger retired the first nine batters of the game via the strikeout as neither team managed much offense in the first three innings. Senior Tara Knudsen broke up GSU’s Andrea McNary’s no-hitter with a double to right field to tie Tech’s career double record of 44. McNary got out of the inning unscaffed as the game remained scoreless.
The Lady Panthers’ Alexandrea Pratt entered the game in the circle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Pratt gave up two hits but induced a double play ground ball to get out of the inning.
GSU’s Sara Berzofsky broke up Sallinger’s no-hit bid in the fifth inning with a bloop single to left field. Berzofsky stole second base to give the Lady Panthers a runner in scoring position with one out. Sallinger tallied a pair of pop outs to end the threat.
GT’s Sara Wissmann got the Jackets started in the sixth inning with a double to right center field. Wissmann moved over to third base on the second out of the inning. Kirin Kumar drove her in with an infield single to third base. Kumar advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored on a base hit by Reddick as Tech led 3-0. After a Knudsen walk to load the bases, Donovan lined out to first base to end the inning as the Rambling Wreck headed to the seventh inning leading by three.
Sallinger struck out two in the final inning and recorded a fly out to left field as Tech captured game one, 3-0. She finished with her ninth complete-game shutout, striking out 15, while walking none.
Georgia Tech scored three runs, on nine hits and had no errors, while Georgia State had just one hit and one error.
In game two, Kumar drove in the first run of the game in the second inning with a double to center field to plate Wissmann who reached on an infield single to short.
Kumar drove in the second run for the Yellow Jackets in the bottom of the fourth inning on a fielder’s choice, scoring Wissmann who earlier walked. Reddick walked to put runners on first and second and moved up to second and third base on a ground out. Knudsen was then intentionally walked and the Jackets scored their second run of the inning on a wild pitch. After another walk, Georgia State tallied the third out of the inning on a ground out as Tech led 3-0 after four innings of play.
Senior Tasha Waugh started the fifth inning with a walk and advanced to second base on a base hit by Wissmann. Waugh and Wissmann moved over to second and third on a ground out to second base. Kumar drove in her third run of the game on another fielder’s choice. Reddick drove in the next run for the Jackets on a ground out and Hosier delivered a two-out single up the middle as Tech led 6-0 after five innings.
The Yellow Jackets ended the game in the bottom of the sixth inning as Knudsen singled, Donovan walked and Liz Bartle singled to shortstop. With the bases loaded, pinch hitter Kristina Hull singled up the middle to drive in the seventh run of the game and Wissmann hit a sacrifice fly to center field to end the game due to the eight-run rule after six innings.
Tech scored eight runs, on nine hits and had one error, while GSU had no runs, three hits and had no errors.
Voeltz went the distance, scattering three hits and struck out nine. Kumar drove in four runs on the day to lead the Yellow Jackets offensively.
Tech will host Virginia in ACC action this Saturday, April 10. The conference doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Glenn Field. The action can be followed on www.ramblinwreck.com.