May 14, 2009
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech seniors Whitney Haller and Tiffany Johnson as well as redshirt junior Jen Yee were named to the All-Southeast Region team it was announced today by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The trio will now be eligible for All-America consideration.
There used to be and first and second all-region teams, but this year it is just one with two student-athletes from each position selected. This is the third time Haller has been an all-region selection, joining Aileen Morales, Jessica Sallinger and Stephanie Webb as the only three-time selections in Georgia Tech history. This is the first all-region honor for both Johnson and Yee.
Last week, Haller joined Laura Williams as the only two Tech players to earn All-ACC honors in four straight years. Already the Georgia Tech and ACC career home run and RBI leader, Haller is capping off her Tech career in style as a senior. The Marietta, Ga., native ranks fourth in the league in batting (.400), tied for third in hits (66), 10th in runs (35), tied for first in home runs (12), eighth in doubles (10), first in RBI (54), second in total bases (114), sixth in on-base percentage (.471) and fifth in slugging percentage (.691).
Yee earns her first all-region nod a week after earning first team All-ACC honors. A native of North Delta, British Columbia, Yee is currently second in the league in batting (.410), tied for third in hits (66), first in runs scored (59), tied for first in home runs (12), first in doubles (16), tied for seventh in triples (2), tied for eighth in RBI (38), first in total bases (122), first in walks (39), first in on-base percentage (.534) and tied for first in slugging percentage (.758).
Johnson is a dual threat player who earns her first all-region honors in her senior year. She was also named a second team All-ACC player for the first time in her career last week. In the circle, she is 14-3 with a 1.92 ERA. The wins are good for ninth-best in the ACC, while her ERA is seventh-lowest. Johnson, who just had a perfect game May 2 at Maryland, also ranks third in the league with a .170 opponent’s batting average and her five shutouts are tied for the sixth-most. The Atlanta, Ga., native has the ninth-most strikeouts (138) this season despite not ranking among the league leaders in appearances or innings pitched.
A career .147 hitter heading into this season, Johnson is currently batting .293 with 40 runs scored (tied for fifth in ACC), 13 doubles (tied for third), 11 home runs (tied for fourth) and 47 RBI (third).
The Yellow Jackets are currently preparing for their NCAA Tournament opener tomorrow night against Boston University at 7:30 p.m. at Mewborn Field. Georgia Tech is the No. 14 national seed and top seed in the Atlanta Region. No. 2 Iowa and No. 3 Auburn are also in the double-elimination regional and will play at 5 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at www.ramblinwreck.com, at the Georgia Tech Athletic Association Ticket Office (located at the corner of Techwood Drive and Bobby Dodd Way) or by calling 1-866-TECH-TIX. Tickets will also be sold on game day at the Mewborn Field ticket office located at the 8th street gate.
Updated information on the Atlanta regional is available on the tournament central web page at www.ramblinwreck.com and also includes Gametracker and audio links.