April 12, 2010
ATLANTA – The No. 10/6 Georgia Tech Softball team (35-6) wraps up its 12-game homestand with a make-up doubleheader against Georgia Southern (20-17) on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Mewborn Field. Live video, audio and stats are available at www.RamblinWreck.com while both games will be broadcast on WREK, 91.1 FM.
This is a make-up from last month’s rain-out at Mewborn Field. The Yellow Jackets lead the all-time series against GSU, 45-14. The two teams split a doubleheader at Mewborn Field last season. Kristen Adkins was 4-for-7 with a home run and two RBI, while Jen Yee had two home runs and three RBI for the Yellow Jackets. Tech won game one 9-1 in six innings, but blew a 4-0 lead in game two and eventually lost 6-5.
Redshirt senior Jen Yee continues to lead the ACC and nation in several categories. While updated NCAA stats won’t be out until tomorrow, Yee enters the game hitting .577 with a 1.308 slugging percentage and a .720 on-base percentage. She hit two home runs in the weekend series against Virginia and now has 21 for the year. That’s second-most all-time in a Tech single-season and she joins Whitney Haller, Savannah Brown and Brittany Barnes as the only Yellow Jackets with 20-plus home runs in a season. Haller holds the school and ACC record with 24 in 2006.
Yee has 62 runs, 60 hits, 11 doubles, 48 RBI and 52 walks. All of those categories except for doubles leads the ACC. Nine of her 21 home runs have either tied the game or put Tech ahead and eight of those nine came in the fifth inning or later.
Also hot offensively are junior Kristine Priebe and sophomore Kelsi Weseman. In the last 16 games since moving back to the clean-up spot in the line-up, Priebe is batting .348 with eight home runs and 29 RBI. She had a walk-off home run in Game Two Saturday against Virginia and has three grand slams over that span. In her first 25 games as a Yellow Jacket, Priebe had three home runs and eight RBI.
Weseman has been red hot over a similar stretch as Priebe. In the last 17 games, the Hutto, Texas, native is hitting .400 with 20 runs scored, eight doubles, four home runs and 14 RBI.
Freshman Hope Rush, a finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year along with Yee, has led Tech in the circle going 19-4 with a 1.43 ERA. She has six shutouts in 22 starts and is holding opponents to a .211 batting average. Sophomore Jessica Coan is 10-1 with a 2.16 ERA for Tech and averaging 1.5 strikeouts an inning, while junior Kristen Adkins has a 6-1 record and 2.35 ERA.
On Wednesday, the Yellow Jackets head up to Kennesaw State for a 7 p.m. game before returning home for the final time of the regular season to host Boston College this weekend. The Jackets and Eagles will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. before closing out the series Sunday at 1 p.m. Tech’s two seniors — Kelly Eppinger and Jen Yee — will be honored in a ceremony Saturday prior to Game One.
Tech has won 14 straight ACC series’ dating back to 2008 and a series win this weekend would tie them with Virginia Tech for the ACC record. The Hokies won 15 in a row from 2006-2008 and were 34-10 in that span. Tech enters play this weekend 35-6 since last dropping a series.