Tech Softball Opens Home Slate with Georgia Southern Sunday

Feb. 14, 2003

ATLANTA – The 19th-ranked Georgia Tech softball team (3-3) opens its 2003 home schedule Sunday, as the Jackets host in-state rival Georgia Southern (2-2) at 1 p.m. at Glenn Field.

Tech swept four games from the Eagles in 2002, including 7-3 and 4-0 victories at Glenn Field on April 3. The Jackets lead the all-time series 30-12 and have won five in a row versus Georgia Southern.

The Jackets are coming off a doubleheader split at Chattanooga on Tuesday. Tech took game one, 2-0, before dropping the second contest to the Lady Mocs by the same count.

Pitchers Jessica Sallinger (1-3) and Erin Voeltz (2-0) lead the way for Tech. Since the loss to No. 20 South Carolina, this duo, along with senior Tiffany Goodman, have posted a 0.25 earned run average over the last four games. The Jackets have fanned 33 batters in 28.0 innings pitched and held batters to a .175 average over this stretch.

Unfortunately for Tech, its bats have only accounted for four runs in the last four games, leading to a 2-2 record. Since posting seven runs in the season-opener against Boston College, the Jackets are batting just .156 as a team. Sophomore outfielder Kirin Kumar leads Tech regulars with a .294 average (5-for-17), while senior Tara Neff, who has started the last two games at third base, is hitting .333 (2-for-6) on the young season.

Senior catcher Lindsay Wood leads Tech with four runs batted in.

Georgia Southern will be playing its third doubleheader in as many days Sunday, as the Eagles are slated to play Alabama State Friday and Troy State Saturday. GSU opened the season by splitting doubleheaders with No. 9 Florida State and Florida A&M.

As of Friday, junior Kim Griffin leads the squad with a .417 average (5-for-12) and five RBI. As a team, the Eagles are batting .163. Sophomore Tiffany Urena leads the pitching staff, as she stands 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA. Last season, Tech posted eight earned runs in 6.1 innings against Urena.

Fans can follow all of Sunday’s action via Live Stats at www.ramblinwreck.com.

Following Sunday’s games, Tech returns to action in a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Furman.

-GT-

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