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Jackets Head To FAU Worth Softball Tournament

Feb. 10, 2005

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ATLANTA – No. 20 Georgia Tech will travel to Boca Raton, Fla., for the FAU Worth Softball Tournament this Friday-Sunday, Feb. 11-13. The Yellow Jackets will face Boston College, No. 27 Northwestern, Bethune-Cookman and Florida Atlantic in the tournament.

Georgia Tech Softball
The 20th-ranked Yellow Jackets began a season 3-0 for the first time since the 1991 campaign, where Tech started 13-0. The Jackets fought through a downpour on Wednesday afternoon and posted 12 hits to defeat Georgia Southern, 6-1.

Tech is averaging 7.00 runs per game and are hitting .377 as a team through three games this season. The pitching staff has allowed just one run in three ballgames and carries a microscopic 0.37 earned run average.

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Live stats will be provided on www.ramblinwreck.com for all Tech games. Tournament Central.

Scouting the Tournament Field
The participating teams this weekend will be future Atlantic Coast Conference member Boston College (2006), No. 27 Northwestern (Big Ten), Bethune-Cookman (MEAC) and host Florida Atlantic.

Tech will open up tournament play against BC on Friday at 10 a.m. Tech holds a 2-0 advantage over the Eagles with the last meeting coming in 2003 at the Gamecock Invitational. The Yellow Jackets won that game by a score of 7-4. The game will be the season-opener for the Eagles.

The 27th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats will be next up for the Rambling Wreck at 2 p.m. on Friday. NU is off to a 4-1 start with its only loss coming at the hands of No. 2 Arizona, 4-3. The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 37-9 and are hitting .307 as a team. Tech dropped its only decision to NU, 5-2, in 1999.

Bethune-Cookman and Tech will battle at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats are 4-2 thus far in 2005 and are five-time Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions. The Jackets hold a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series, sweeping Bethune-Cookman, 8-0 and 5-1, on March 20, 1996.

Tournament host Florida Atlantic enters the weekend with an overall record of 0-7. Three of the Owls seven losses have come to ranked opponents (then-No. 4 Oklahoma and now-No. 19 Florida-2). FAU and Tech have met four times, with the Owls holding a 3-1 advantage. The last meeting between the two schools came in 2002, where FAU defeated the Jackets, 1-0, in the FAU Tournament.

-GT SOFTBAL

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