Feb. 17, 2010
2010 Louisville Slugger Desert Classic (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Head Coach Sharon Perkins Previews Weekend Tournament
ATLANTA – After a 4-0 weekend in Florida, the No. 10/9 Georgia Tech Softball team heads to Las Vegas, Nev., this weekend for the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. Tech will face another tough schedule as games with No. 21/21 Northwestern (2-3), BYU (5-0), Hawai’i (3-2), Long Beach State (2-2) and No. 11/10 California (4-1) await.
The Yellow Jackets are 4-0 for the first time since 2005 and are ranked in the top 10 for the first time ever. Tech began the 2009 season with wins over Canisius (9-0 in five innings), No. 3/5 Florida (3-0), East Carolina (3-0) and Florida Gulf Coast (10-5) last weekend at the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament. The win over Florida marked the highest ranked opponent the Jackets have ever beaten.
ACC Player of the Week Jen Yee picked right up where she left off following her 2009 All-American campaign. She reached base safely in 11 of her 13 plate appearances and batted .778 (7-for-9) with eight runs scored, two doubles, a triple, two home runs and five RBI. Yee drew four walks and recorded a 1.889 slugging percentage and an .846 on-base percentage for the weekend. She tied a career-high with four runs scored against Florida Gulf Coast.
Freshman Hope Rush, meanwhile, burst onto the scene and took home the first ACC Pitcher of the Week honors. Rush began her career with back-to-back shutouts, one of which came against No. 3 Florida. She scattered seven hits over the course of 14 shutout innings while walking five and striking out 13. In her first collegiate start Rush blanked the third-ranked Gators, the 2009 national runner-up. She stranded seven base runners over the first three innings and got stronger as the game went on posting four of her seven strikeouts in the final two frames. In her next start against East Carolina, Rush was one out away from a no-hitter but settled for a two-hit shutout of the Pirates. In that game, she retired 18 straight batters at one point, had only five two-ball counts and needed just 76 pitches for the win.
At the plate, Rush batted .333 on the weekend with two home runs and five RBI. She hit a two-run home run off Brombacher and also went deep against Canisius in her first career at bat.