April 20, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech senior outfielder Blair Shimandle was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Player of the Week, the league office announced this afternoon. Shimandle batted .846 and helped lead the No. 21 Yellow Jackets (35-11, 12-3 ACC) to a 4-0 week.
Shimandle went 11-for-13 (.846) at the plate with eight runs scored, two doubles, five RBI and a stolen bases. The LaGrange, Ga., native raised her season batting average 45 points, from .284-.329. She was 10-for-11 in the weekend sweep at Virginia and also added a hit in the mid-week win over Kennesaw State. Shimandle is fifth on the team in hitting this season (.329) and has 34 runs scored, six doubles and 18 RBI. In addition, she is 20-for-22 in stolen base attempts and has now gone a school-record 136 games without committing an error.
Shimandle and No. 21 Georgia Tech play its final five regular season home games this week and all will be against top 15 teams. First, the Yellow Jackets host No. 7/6 Alabama Wednesday in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. Tech then welcomes No. 13/15 North Carolina to Mewborn Field over the weekend. UNC is currently in first place, just ahead of Georgia Tech. Live audio and stats for all five games will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com. In addition, they will all be broadcast on ACC Select for a small fee.