April 17, 2013
|Georgia Tech Softball|
|Game 44||vs. Southern Miss, Thursday, April 18 – 5 p.m.|
vs. Southern Miss, Thursday, April 18 – 7 p.m.
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech softball team (19-24, 6-6 ACC) breaks from conference action to host Southern Mississippi (11-33, 1-13 C-USA) in a doubleheader Thursday. Action begins at 5 p.m. at Mewborn Field and the game can be seen live on www.RamblinWreck.com.
The Jackets are 13-18 in non-conference play this season and 8-4 when playing non-conference opponents at home. Junior Ashley Thomas leads the ACC with a .435 batting average and 60 hits. In home games this season, Thomas is hitting .509 with 25 runs on 28 hits.
As a team, Tech ranks No. 11 in the NCAA in double plays per game (.49) and No. 41 in stolen bases per game (1.53). The Jackets have swiped 19 bases in the last seven games, including nine in last weekend’s three-game series against Maryland. Ashley Thomas leads the team and the ACC with 26 bases on 35 attempts, and is ranked No. 24 in stolen bases per game (.6).
Southern Miss is looking to snap a 12-game losing skid. The Eagles’ last victory came on March 24 in a nine-inning 4-3 decision against UTEP. Caroline Walker leads the team offensively with a .330 batting average and 20 runs.
Thursday will mark the fifth all-time meeting between the two teams as Southern Miss is a perfect 4-0 when playing Georgia Tech. The series began on March 31, 1990 in a 4-3 Golden Eagle victory and the last matchup came over 10 years ago on March 27, 1999 when Southern Miss shutout the Jackets, 7-0.
Ties To Southern Miss
Georgia Tech head coach Sharon Perkins was an assistant coach at Southern Miss for two years (1999-2000). She helped the Eagles to a 115-23 record and back-to-back of Women’s College World Series appearances in those two years. The Eagles advanced all the way to the semifinals in 2000.
The Jackets are back in ACC play this weekend with a three-game series at No. 25 North Carolina. The Jackets and Tarheels face off in a doubleheader Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. Monday’s series finale set for 7 p.m. will be broadcast on ESPNU with Adam Amin and Amanda Scarborough on the call.