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19th-ranked Georgia Tech Softball Faces Furman Tuesday

Feb. 17, 2003

ATLANTA – Having shown improvement at the plate against Georgia Southern Sunday, the No. 19 Georgia Tech softball team (4-3) hopes to build on that momentum in a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Furman’s Pepsi Stadium (2-0) Tuesday.

Against the Eagles, the Jackets equaled their season bests in hits and runs in a 7-2 victory. Senior catcher Lindsay Wood and sophomore designated player Liz Bartle each had two hits, while Wood drove in three runs.

Furman is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Gardner-Webb on Saturday. The Paladins won the games by a combined 15-0 margin, as Karen Myers and Kate Morrison both went 4-for-7 on the day. Pitchers Rachel Henley and Meagen Johnson both picked up shutout wins for Furman.

Tech junior Erin Voeltz (3-0) earned the win for the Jackets against Georgia Southern. She teams with sophomore Jessica Sallinger (1-3) to give Tech a formidable pitching duo. Sallinger, who has not allowed an earned run in her last 18 innings, has taken a pair of tough-luck losses. She leads the team with 32 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched.

At the plate, Bartle leads the Jackets with a .364 average, with Tara Neff (.333) and Kirin Kumar (.316) both checking in at over .300. Wood is batting .294 leads the team with seven RBI.

Tech split a pair with the Paladins a year ago at Glenn Field. Furman took game one, 3-0, before the Jackets won the second game, 6-1. Tech trails the all-time series with a 10-17 record.

Following Tuesday’s games, the Jackets head to Gainesville, Fla., for the University of Florida’s Cox Communications Classic.

-GT-

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