The Jackets tallied double-digit hits in the loss
Hayley Downs went 4-for-6 with two runs to lead Tech
Jackets fell 8-6 in game one and won game two, 5-4
Jackets back in action Saturday at home against Maryland
Hope Rush hit two bombs in the win
2012 All-ACC Academic Team
As a Sophomore (2012): Started all 60 games ... Tallied a .228 batting average ... Scored 13 runs on 256 hits and struck out just six times in 114 at bats ... Laid down a team-high 11 sacrifice hits ... Swiped 17 bases on 19 attempts ... Recorded a career-high two RBI at NC State (March 31) ... Went 2-for-4 with one run and a double against Florida State (April 15).
As a Freshman (2011): Appeared in 51 games on the year starting in 25 of them ... Notched a .311 batting average going 19-for-61 at the plate ... Recorded two doubles and a triplewith two RBI and19 runs ... Went 7-for-9 in stolen bases ... Notched multiple hits twice on the year ... Went 2-for-3 with two runs against Evansville (March 4) ... Had a 2-for-2 effort with an RBI and a triple against Georgia Southern (March 15) ... Was 1-for-3 with an RBI, a run and a double at Boston College (May 1).
High School: Four-year letterwinner for Coach Jennifer Edwards at Grayson High School ... As a senior, was named all-state, all-county by the Gwinnett Diamond Club, Grayson High School Outstanding Senior, high school Heisman winner, an adidas Top 100 Athlete, Preseason Gwinnett County "Super Six" and selected to the 2009 Gwinnett County Senior All-Star Game ... Missed all of her junior year with an injury but returned to hit .425 as a senior and led Grayson to the state play-offs for the first time since 2007 ... As a sophomore in 2007, she set seven Grayson records including batting average (.444), on-base percentage (.549), hits (56) and runs (38) ... The 56 hits also tied a county record ... Led Grayson to a regional championship and fourth place finish in the 2007 state Elite Eight ... Was first-team all-state, all-county and all-region as well as being named a scholar athlete and the Gwinnett County Defensive Player of the Year ... As a freshman, she led Grayson to a region championship and trip to the North Georgia State sectionals ... Earned first-team all-county and all-region honors for Grayson who finished ranked ninth in the state ... Also lettered for a season on the basketball and track teams ... Five-time Honor Roll recipient, member of the National Honor Society and Vice President of the Future Educator's of America ... Helped lead the East Cobb Bullets travel ball team to a 2010 ASA Gold National Championship.
Personal: Born Hayley Catherine Downs on Jan. 11, 1992 in Snellville, Ga. ... Parents are Tommie and Heidi Downs ... Sister of Taylor and Shelby ... Great grandfather, Stanley Nelson, is in the ASA Fastpitch Hall of Fame ... Uncle, Eric Kivi, is a 1984 graduate of Georgia Tech ... Says she chose Georgia Tech because of the softball team, academic excellence and the Atlanta location ... Lists hobbies as watching reality TV and playing with her dogs ... Lists her most memorable athletic accomplishment as winning the ASA Gold National Championship ... Majoring in management.
Down's Career Hitting Statistics
Single Game Highs:
Hits: 2, vs Evansville, Mar 04, 2011; Georgia Southern, Mar 15, 2011
Doubles: 1, at Georgia State, Mar 01, 2011; vs SE Louisiana, Mar 04, 2012; at Boston College, May 01, 2011
Triples: 1, Georgia Southern, Mar 15, 2011
Total bases: 4, Georgia Southern, Mar 15, 2011
RBI: 1, at Tennessee-Martin, Mar 03, 2012; Georgia Southern, Mar 15, 2011; at Boston College, May 01, 2011
Runs scored: 2, vs Alabama, Feb 17, 2012; vs Evansville, Mar 04, 2011
Walks: 2, vs SE Louisiana, Mar 04, 2012
Struck out: 2, vs Massachusetts, Feb 25, 2012; vs Lipscomb, Mar 19, 2011
At bats: 4, 3 times
Stolen bases: 1, 12 times
Caught stealing: 1, vs Jacksonville State, Mar 04, 2011; Penn State, Mar 12, 2011