April 26, 2008
ATLANTA, Ga. - The University of Maryland softball team lost to Georgia Tech, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader. In the second game, the Yellow Jackets were leading 4-2 in the sixth inning when play was halted due to lightning in the area. The game will be resumed Sunday at noon with the final game of the series scheduled 20 minutes after the conclusion of the halted game. With the loss, Maryland dropped to 34-16 and 6-10 in Atlantic Coast Conference, while Georgia Tech improved to 28-28 and 7-11 in conference play.
In the bottom of the first inning in the first game, after Georgia Tech's Aileen Morales was hit by a Maryland starter Sarah Dooley pitch, Whitney Haller hit her ninth home run of the season to give the Yellow Jackets an early 2-0 lead.
The Terps' best chance off GT starter Whitney Humphreys was in the sixth inning when Alex Schultz was hit by a pitch and Brittany Bessho singled to give Maryland runners at first and second with one out, but Morales induced two fly outs to end the threat.
The defense behind Dooley was excellent, highlighted by Schultz making a superb diving catch on a Brittany Barnes line drive up the middle in the sixth to prevent any further damage by the Yellow Jackets.
Dooley (15-12) finished with seven strikeouts to give her 158 for the season, the ninth most in a single season at Maryland. Humphreys (17-14) struck out seven to earn the victory.
In the second game, senior Jenny Belak walked to lead off the game and advanced to second on a Schultz sacrifice bunt. Bessho singled to score Belak to give the Terps a 1-0 lead. It was Belak's 114th run of her career, moving her into fourth place all-time.
In the top of the third inning, Bessho stepped up with two outs and rocked a 1-1 pitch from Georgia Tech starter Tiffany Johnson over the right-field fence to extend the Terps lead to two.
Georgia Tech fought back in the bottom of the third when Haller hit her 49th home run of her career, tying her with Jen Chamberlain from NC State for the most career home runs in ACC history.
Yellow Jacket catcher Jessica Weaver hit her ninth home run of the season in the fourth inning to give Georgia Tech the lead, 3-2. GT added another in the fifth on a Savannah Brown RBI groundout that scored Morales.
Play was halted in the middle of the sixth inning, but will resume at noon Sunday.
Maryland (34-16) 000 000 0 0 4 0 Georgia Tech (28-28) 200 000 X 2 5 0Sarah Dooley and Brittany Bessho; Whitney Humphreys and Savannah Brown. W - Humphreys, 17-14. L - Dooley, 15-12. HR - Whitney Haller (9).