May 8, 2013
|Georgia Tech Softball|
|When||Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.|
JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee, Fla.
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Daily ticket prices – $5 for adults and $3 for youth
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech softball team and defending ACC Champions take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla. The contest will air on ESPN3 with Tom Block and Robin Ahrberg on the call, and on a free internet audio stream with Kurt Hoyt on play-by-play.
Georgia Tech enters the contest as the fifth seed, and posted a 25-29 regular season record and a 10-10 mark in ACC play. North Carolina is seeded fourth, and enters the tournament 38-18 overall and 13-8 in ACC play.
The Yellow Jackets took one of three games from the Tar Heels earlier this season on April 21. Tech hit .322 against North Carolina, led by Alysha Rudnik’s .500 average, two runs and two doubles. Hope Rush blasted two home runs in the series with three runs scored, and Caitlyn Coffey added three runs on two hits and a homer.
North Carolina put up 23 runs on 31 hits for a .387 average and took the series opener, 7-1, and the finale, 11-6. Georgia Tech won game two, 8-5.Tech will face North Carolina ace Lori Spingola, who leads the conference in strike outs (271) and wins (28).
Georgia Tech is 7-2 all-time against UNC in the ACC Tournament and has won the last six matchups in the postseason tournament against the Tar Heels. The Jackets won the last meeting between the two teams in the tournament, 8-0 (5), May 15, 2010 in Blacksburg, Va.
The Jackets own five ACC tournament titles, including three of the last four (2002, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012). Tech has the second most tournament titles in the league (5) behind Florida State’s 10.
Tech’s overall tournament record is 33-29. The last time Tech entered the tournament in fifth-place was in 2000 and the Jackets are 1-6 as the fifth seed.
All seven tournament games will be broadcast on ESPN2, ESPN3, or the league’s regional sports networks (RSN). Thursday’s first two games at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. will be carried by both RSN and ESPN3, with the night games at 5 and 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3. Friday’s semifinals will be on RSN at 1 and 3:30 p.m., and the championship on Saturday at 6 p.m. can be seen on ESPN2.
Tickets are available for $5 for adults and $3 for youth 18 and under for each day. ACC students with a valid school ID get in free. For more information on the 2013 ACC Softball Championship, visit http://theacc.co/SBChamp.