THE FLATS – Georgia Tech softball will begin its fall competition this weekend, hosting SEC foe South Carolina on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Mewborn Field.
Fans of all ages are invited to attend the game with admission being free to the public. Parking will be available in the McCamish Pavilion lot, the East O’Keefe Gymnasium lot and the Family Housing lot. Heavier traffic than usual is expected due to volleyball’s match against Virginia at 7 p.m.
South Carolina concluded last spring at 26-30 overall. The Gamecocks were 17-16 at home and 6-1 in neutral games as their season came to a close in the SEC tournament. South Carolina comes into the contest with two fall games under its belt against in-state opponents Charleston Southern and College of Charleston.
Georgia Tech enters its sixth season under coach Aileen Morales, bringing back 18 returners from last season’s squad. Chief among the notable returners is NFCA Southeast Second Team All-Region and First Team All-ACC catcher Emma Kauf. The ACC’s two-time top catcher in the league is joined by a dynamic duo of right-handers in the circle in Blake Neleman and Chandler Dennis as well as the “walking web gem” serving as Tech’s vacuum in the middle, shortstop Jin Sileo. Also returning from last season’s regular starting lineup is leadoff mainstay and third baseman Mallorie Black along with ACC All-Freshman Team left fielder Auburn Dupree and fellow former freshman center fielder Ella Edgmon.
The stable of returners is bolstered by the Yellow Jackets’ recent recruiting class, composed of six highly-touted new Jackets. The class consists of five newcomers joining the collegiate ranks along with Texas A&M transfer Cayden Baker, who carved out a starting role with the Aggies while batting .261 as a freshman in the SEC.
Georgia Tech will face another SEC opponent for its next fall competition, hitting the road to take on Alabama in a doubleheader on Oct. 15 at 1:30 p.m. in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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