Feb. 11, 2005
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Senior Jessica Sallinger (3-0) fired a complete game three-hit shutout, striking out 10 and freshman Savannah Brown drove in the go ahead runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift No. 20 Georgia Tech (5-0) over No. 27 Northwestern (4-2), 3-0, at the FAU Softball Invitational on Friday afternoon.
Sallinger tossed her second complete-game shutout of the season and only surrendered two walks on the afternoon. Brown finished the game 1-for-3, with two runs batted in and a triple. Freshman Aileen Morales stole two bases in the same inning and finished 1-for-2 with a walk for the Yellow Jackets.
After five scoreless innings, Morales singled to left field to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning and sophomore Caitlin Lever followed with a bunt single to second base to place Jackets on first and second with no outs. Brown then tripled down the right field line and senior Katie Donovan drove in the third run of the inning to break a scoreless tie and give Tech a 3-0 win.
NU’s Courtnay Foster (2-1) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on four hits and struck out 13. Stephanie Churchwell led the Wildcats at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a stolen base.
The Yellow Jackets improve to 2-0 at the FAU Softball Invitational and are off to their second best start in school history since the 1991 season where Tech began 13-0. The Jackets will face Bethune-Cookman at 2 p.m. and tournament host Florida Atlantic at 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. If Tech splits tomorrow, they will reserve a spot in the championship game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.