April 29, 2004
ATLANTA – No. 23 Georgia Tech (39-13, 3-5 ACC) will host Maryland (25-21, 1-7 ACC) in an Atlantic Coast Conference doubleheader beginning at Noon this Sunday, May 2, at Glenn Field. Five Yellow Jackets will play their last games in front of the home crowd; Tara Knudsen, Soraya Reddick, Erin Voeltz, Tasha Waugh and Sara Wissmann.
If Tech earns at least a split, the Jackets will be either the four or five seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament, May 14-16, in Tallahassee, Fla. No. 2 Florida State (50-5, 7-1 ACC) will be the top seed, with North Carolina (40-18, 6-4 ACC) earning the two seed and Virginia (38-24, 6-4 ACC) claiming the third seed. Georgia Tech and NC State are both tied at 3-5 with the Wolfpack traveling to Tallahassee this weekend.
Live stats will be provided on www.ramblinwreck.com.
A look at the five seniors:
#1 Soraya Reddick – Soraya is a four-year letterwinner for the Yellow Jackets. The center fielder has started in all 52 games this season and leads the ACC in stolen bases. She currently ranks fourth on the team in batting average and runs batted in. The Tampa, Fla., native leads Tech in runs scored this season and stands third in the ACC. She ranks fourth all-time in school history in games played, fifth in stolen bases, eighth in home runs and ninth in walks and at bats. Her 18 stolen bases this season is eighth best for any single-season for a Tech player.
#2 Sara Wissmann – Sara is a four-year letterwinner for the Yellow Jackets. The outfielder has started in 44 of the 49 games played in this season. She currently ranks second on the team in stolen bases, third in batting average and sixth in doubles. She has driven in two game-winning runs for the Yellow Jackets this season, including a two-out RBI against then-No. 16 Nebraska to give the Jackets a 1-0 victory. The El Dorado Hills, Calif., native is currently sixth all-time in Tech history in games played, seventh in stolen bases, ninth in home runs and 10th in walks. She is a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree and was selected to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-District second team.
#10 Erin Voeltz – Erin is a four-year letterwinner for Georgia Tech. The starting pitcher surpassed a career high in strikeouts earlier this season and has been an integral part of helping the pitching staff shatter the single-season record for shutouts. The Westlake, Calif., native ranks fourth in the ACC in earned run average, sixth in complete games, seventh in wins and strikeouts per game. She is the all-time Tech leader in career appearances and is second in wins, saves, complete games, shutouts, innings pitched, and strikeouts and third in earned run average. At last year’s NCAA Regional, she threw a perfect game against Southern University, the first in Tech history. Earlier this season, she fanned a school record 16 batters against Austin Peay. She is a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree and was named to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-District first team.
#13 Tasha Waugh – Tasha is a four-year letterwinner for the Yellow Jackets. The catcher/first baseman has started in 41 of 45 games played in this season. She ranks fifth on the team in doubles and set a new career high this season in stolen bases. The Talala, Okla., native lifted Tech to victory in its last ballgame with a two-out home run in the top of the seventh inning as the Jackets downed Georgia Southern. She leads the Tech squad in sacrifice flies and is fourth in home runs. She is an ACC Academic Honor Roll selection.
#23 Tara Knudsen – Tara is a four-year letterwinner for the Yellow Jackets. She has started in all but one game since coming to Tech. The senior All-American shortstop became the first Tech athlete to be drafted by a professional softball league as she was picked in the third round by San Antonio in the 2004 National Pro Fastpitch Draft. Knudsen etched her name on the top of the Tech and ACC record book, as she became the all-time leader in home runs back on March 5 against UTEP. She currently leads the ACC in slugging percentage and on base percentage and is second in home runs, batting average and third in hits and runs batted in. She is Tech’s all-time slugger and is tied for the all-time lead in doubles. She holds the single-season record for home runs and walks in a season. The Thornton, Colo., native is second all-time in school history in games played, RBIs and on base percentage and stands third in career hits and runs scored. She is a two-time All-ACC honoree and became the second Tech player to earn All-America honors back in 2002. The infielder has been named ACC Player of the Week on two occasions this season and is four walks shy of breaking the school record she set in 2002.