March 22, 2013
|Georgia Tech Softball at No. 7 Missouri|
|Dates||Saturday, March 23|
|Location||University Field | Columbia, Mo.|
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech softball team wraps up its six-game road swing through the Midwest with a doubleheader at No. 7 Missouri, beginning Saturday with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. ET.
The doubleheader was originally scheduled as a three-game series, but Sunday’s finale was cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather. Saturday’s twin bill will now begin at 1 p.m. ET instead of 3 p.m. ET.
Live stats, video and a free live audio stream are available for the contests via www.RamblinWreck.com.
Georgia Tech (14-15)
The Yellow Jackets began their road trip with a pair of tough one-run losses Tuesday at SIUE, 2-1 and 1-0, then rebounded with a 9-4 victory the next day at Southeast Missouri to snap a four-game losing skid.
Hayley Downs and Ashley Thomas lead Tech’s offense with batting averages above .400. Ashley Thomas’s average has not dropped below the .400 mark in the last 25 games and she leads the squad with 30 runs on 39 hits. Over the last three games, Downs is 4-for-8 (.500) with two RBI.
Hope Rush is 1-1 on the Midwest road trip with a 3.23 ERA. In her two starts, Rush allowed 11 hits and six runs in 13.0 innings of work.
The Tigers currently enjoy a five-game winning streak, after sweeping Ole Miss over the weekend and outscoring the Rebels, 29-1, in the series. A doubleheader against Illinois scheduled for Wednesday was cancelled due to inclement weather in the Columbia, Mo. area.
Eight Mizzou players are batting over .300 led by Nicole Hudson’s .465 batting average. Hudson has a team-high 16 runs, 20 hits, 21 RBI and is slugging an impressive 1.093. As a team, the Tigers are hitting .314 and outscoring their opponents 114-33.
The pitching staff has a combined 1.69 ERA and is holding opponents to a .181 hitting clip. Of the four pitchers on the roster, Chelsea Thomas (7-1) owns a .084 ERA to lead the squad and has surrendered 12 runs on 26 hits with 77 strikeouts in 58.0 innings pitched.
The Jackets trail in the all-time series, 2-1. The teams last met on Feb. 11, 2006 in the final game of a three-game series that opened the 2006 season in Atlanta, Ga. Tech took the first game of the season, 11-6, against then No. 18 Mizzou, before the Tigers won the next two matchups, 8-5 and 9-3.