2007 ACC Softball Championship: Georgia Tech Advances Past Boston College in Day Two Action
May 11, 2007
"Whitney (Humphreys) pitched an incredible game," said Georgia Tech head coach Sharon Perkins. "She mixed her pitches well, kept them off balance and played great defense. On offense, we kept fighting and did just enough to win."
Humphreys collected her 23rd win of the season (23-5) as the starting pitcher for the 19th-ranked Jackets. The complete-game shut out marked the junior's fifth of the season, while she also has won 10 consecutive decisions in the circle. In seven full innings of effort, Humphreys allowed only four hits after facing 25 batters.
After three innings of little action from both sides, including only one Boston College hit and three runners left on base, the Yellow Jackets got things going in the opening stanza of the fourth inning.
Niagara sophomore transfer Jennifer Yee singled to Eagle pitcher Britney Thompson, extending her hitting streak to a career-high 17 games. Yee advanced to second after teammate and classmate Whitney Haller, who tallied her 15th home run of the season in Thursday's win over Maryland, singled to left field. Senior outfielder Caitlin Lever kept things rolling, collecting a single off of a bunt and loading the Yellow Jacket bases.
Thompson, who threw a complete-game shut out in day one's action, walked Kristina Hull, tallying the first run of the day for Georgia Tech.
Following a Boston College 1-2-3 inning, including a fly out and a double play, the Yellow Jackets captured their second run of the contest in the fifth inning as Yee belted one past the fence in right centerfield to earn her ninth home run of the season.
As a Top 25 Finalist for the USA Collegiate Softball Player of the Year award, Lever nailed a triple in the top of the sixth, only to finish the run after teammate and third baseman Brittany Barnes doubled to third base.
With the score 3-0, Boston College brought in Amanda Klimczak, who retired the inning after a double and fielder's choice, to relieve Thompson.
Shortstop Aileen Morales, who opened the final inning with a walk from Klimczak, crossed home plate one last time for the Yellow Jackets. Yee, who went 3-for-4 on the day, advanced Morales with a single to left field.
One final Boston College pitching change occurred in the seventh, substituting Taylor Peyton for Klimczak. It was then that catcher Savannah Brown took base on an error by Boston College third baseman Katrina Vasquez, while Morales scored an unearned and the final run for the Jackets.
"I thought we played a tough game for the most part," said BC head coach Jennifer Finley. "They got the hits when it counted. Humphreys was on today and she seemed to have our number. It came down to, Georgia Tech beating us with their bats."
With the win, Georgia Tech advances to Game 11, Saturday at 11 a.m., and will face the winner of the game between No. 6 seed Maryland and the loser of game eight between top-seeded Virginia Tech and No. 4 seed Florida State.
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