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Jacket Softball Heads to Auburn Tuesday

March 18, 2002

ATLANTA – Back to its winning ways following a sweep of Princeton Sunday, the Georgia Tech softball team (21-7, 0-0 ACC) will face one of its stiffest road tests of the season Tuesday when it heads to Auburn (20-10, 0-3 SEC) for a 5 p.m. CT doubleheader.

After dropping three of four, Tech bounced back in a big way Sunday, coming back from a 4-0 deficit to win game one, 5-4, and cruising to a 7-0 victory in the second contest. In Auburn’s last series, the Tigers lost three games to Georgia in their Southeastern Conference opener.

The Jackets lead the all-time series with Auburn, 2-1. The Tigers won the last meeting between the squads, 3-1, at Glenn Field in 2000.

Sophomore shortstop Tara Knudsen leads the Jackets with a .452 average, seven home runs and 27 runs batted in. Senior third baseman Jamie Frost ranks second on the squad with 13 RBI and third in average with a .282 mark. Junior Tara Neff is second on the team with a .324 average.

Freshman pitcher Jessica Sallinger fanned 12 in the second game with Princeton on Sunday, while earning her third shutout of the season. She leads the Jackets with a 10-3 record, a 1.32 earned run average and 118 strikeouts.

Auburn is batting .273 as a team, led by Paige Jones (.429) and Ashley Moors (.423), who also has nine home runs and 18 RBI on the season. The Tigers top pitcher is Kristin Keyes, who is 9-5 with a 1.63 ERA.

-GT-

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