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Six Jackets Named to All-ACC Academic Softball Team

July 9, 2007

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s Whitney Haller (industrial engineering), Kristina Hull (science, technology and culture), Aileen Morales (management), Blair Shimandle (international affairs), Sarah Wood (international affairs) and Jennifer Yee (materials science and engineering) were all named to the 2007 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Softball Team, announced by the league office.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.

Haller, a sophomore first baseman from Marietta, Ga., was named ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America second team earlier this summer. She already ranks third all-time in ACC history with 39 home runs, and needs just 11 more to become the home run queen of the league. She hit .372 en route to being named to the All-ACC and NFCA All-Region first teams.

Hull, a senior catcher from Colorado Springs, Colo., had her finest season as a Yellow Jacket this past year. She hit .273, with 10 home runs and 31 runs batted in. Hull received Tech’s highest honor, the Total Person Award, and was a finalist for the inaugural Lowe’s Senior Class Award.

Morales, a junior shortstop from Columbus, Ga., earned third team All-America honors after leading the team with an ACC record 73 runs scored. She also led the team with 34 stolen bases, finishing fourth in the ACC. Morales also earned first team All-ACC and NFCA All-Southeast Region honors for the Jackets after hitting a career-best .339.

Shimandle, a sophomore outfielder from LaGrange, Ga., became a slap-hitter this year and hit .330. She started in 69 of Tech’s 70 games and swiped 15 bags in 17 attempts.

Wood, a senior pitcher from Marietta, Ga., finished the season 12-3 in the circle. She posted a 3.01 earned run average and fanned a career-high 88 batters. She ranks fourth all-time in school history with 47 wins, 300.0 innings pitched and with 270 strikeouts.

Yee, a sophomore second baseman from British Columbia, set a new Tech record with a career-high 15-game hitting streak. She scored 72 runs on the season, which ranks second all-time in ACC history. Yee ranked third on the Tech squad with a .343 batting average and smacked nine home runs, while driving in 53 for the Jackets.

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