April 2, 2013
|Georgia Tech Softball at Georgia|
|Game 36||Wednesday, April 3, 6 p.m. at Jack Turner Stadium|
THE FLATS – After going 2-1 against NC State last weekend, the Georgia Tech softball team (17-18, 4-2 ACC) will break from conference play and make the short trip Wednesday to Athens, Ga. to take on the Georgia Bulldogs (26-10, 6-3 SEC) at 6 p.m. at Jack Turner Stadium.
The Jackets have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games and have won three of the last four. Ashley Thomas leads the team and the ACC with a .422 batting average. Teammate Alysha Rudnik is second on the team and in the ACC with a .416 average.
Hope Rush continues to carry the majority of the load in the pitching circle. She owns a team-best 3.68 ERA and a record of 9-10 with 115.2 innings pitched, 133 hits, 80 runs and 59 strikeouts.
The Jackets rank in the NCAA top 50 in two team statistical categories and several individual categories. As a team, Tech is No. 37 in scoring runs per game (5.74) and No. 19 in double plays turned per game (0.46).
Individually, Ashley Thomas is No. 44 in batting average (.422), No. 43 in stolen bases per game (0.54), No. 18 in runs scored per game (1.11), No. 31 in triples (3.0) and No. 37 in on base percentage (.518). Hope Rush is No. 32 in home runs per game (0.34), No. 20 in RBI per game (1.17), No. 13 in saves (3) and No. 16 in home runs (12).
Georgia saw a 16-game win streak come to an end, after being swept at Arkansas over the weekend. Geri Ann Glasco leads the way for the Bulldogs with a .423 average and 13 home runs. Glasco has shouldered the brunt of the work in the circle with a 16-3 record and a 2.59 ERA. She has tossed 105.1 innings with 42 runs and 107 strikeouts.
Wednesday’s matchup marks the second of the season for the two teams. Georgia defeated Tech, 14-1, earlier this season on March 13. Georgia broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth and then exploded for 11 runs in the top of the seventh to secure the win. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series against the Yellow Jackets 21-10.
Up Next For Tech
Georgia Tech resumes conference action this weekend with a three-game series at Virginia Tech. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 12 p.m. at Tech Softball Park. Sunday’s series finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on the ACC Digital Network on Youtube.