April 5, 2009
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Freshman Kelsi Weseman was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, while redshirt junior Jen Yee went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a home run and two RBI as the No. 24 Georgia Tech softball team (28-10, 6-3 ACC) beat Boston College (12-20, 1-5), 7-3, Sunday afternoon on a cold and windy day at Shea Field. The Yellow Jackets have now won three straight ACC series’ to begin the 2009 season and six consecutive dating back to the end of last year.
Sophomore Kristen Adkins (14-6) got the win as she allowed one run on two hits in four innings. She walked three and struck out one. Adkins also hit a home run for the Yellow Jackets. Freshman Jessica Coan gave up two runs on three hits in three innings of relief work for her second career save. She walked two and struck out five.
Tech jumped out first with a run in the first inning. After Yee and Weseman each singled with one out, senior Whitney Haller made it 1-0 with a RBI single into right field. After Haller stole second base, the Jackets had runners at second and third with just one out but BC starting pitcher Taylor Peyton got out of the jam.
In the bottom of the first inning, BC tied the game when Dani Weir hit a two-out solo home run. The score remained 1-1 until Tech scored five runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-1 lead. Adkins led off with a line drive home run through the wind just to the right of dead center field. It was her sixth round-tripper of the year, but Tech wasn’t done there.
With a runner on and two outs, senior Blair Shimandle singled to extend the inning and then Yee made it a 3-1 game with a RBI single. Peyton was lifted for relief pitcher Morgan Kidd with two on and two outs, but she was greeted rudely by Weseman. Weseman lined the first pitch Kidd threw over the fence in right field for a three-run home run and broke the game open at 6-1. It was the second round-tripper in as many games for Weseman off Kidd and her fifth of the year.
Yee capped the scoring on the day for the Yellow Jackets with a solo home run to left field in the sixth. It was her seventh home run of the season.
In the seventh inning, Brittany Wilkins hit her second home run in as many days when she took Coan deep for a two-run shot, but that would be it for the Eagles. With a runner on first and two outs, Coan got Weir on a pop-up to end the game and give the Jackets their third series win of the season.
Georgia Tech will now prepare for their annual tilt against Georgia on Wednesday, April 8. This year, the No. 24 Yellow Jackets and No. 6 Bulldogs will play one game in Athens. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. and this will be the only meeting between the two teams all year. Live audio and stats will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com.