May 3, 2004
ATLANTA – With the sweep over Maryland on Sunday afternoon, No. 23 Georgia Tech (41-13, 5-5 ACC) will be the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Tournament, May 14-16, in Tallahassee, Fla. The Yellow Jackets will face No. 5 seed, NC State (32-25, 3-7 ACC) on Friday, May 14, at 11 a.m.
“Our players are ready to get this tournament underway,” said head coach Ehren Earleywine. “They felt like they underachieved during regular season conference play and want to set the record straight. It’s going to be a great challenge for us as each team in our conference can beat you on any given day. Our focus has to be on playing our style of softball and doing it with precision. When we do that, we’re a great team…when we don’t, we are an above average team. I look forward to seeing which team shows up at the tournament.”
The winner of NC State and Tech will face top-seeded Florida State (52-5, 9-1 ACC) at 5 p.m. Friday afternoon. The second-ranked Seminoles are the defending ACC champions.
Tech and NC State split the regular season match-up in Raleigh, N.C., on April 17. The Jackets took game one behind a brilliant pitching performance from junior Jessica Sallinger (26-6). Sallinger blanked the Wolfpack, 2-0, allowing just four hits and struck out 13.
The Pack took the nightcap on a two-run home run by Renee LaCroix with two outs in the fifth inning off senior Erin Voeltz (15-7) as NC State defeated Tech, 2-0.
No. 3 seed Virginia (38-24, 6-4 ACC) will take on No. 6 seed Maryland (27-23, 1-9 ACC) at 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. The winner of that game will face No. 2 seed North Carolina (40-18, 6-4 ACC) at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. The Tar Heels gained the two seed over Virginia on the head-to-head tiebreaker. UNC swept the Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Va., 3-1 and 7-2, on April 3.
The semifinals will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, with the championship game on Sunday, May 16, at Noon.