May 19, 2005
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech softball standouts Jessica Sallinger and Aileen Morales were named to the NFCA All-Southeast Region first team, announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Thursday.
Sallinger, a senior from Kennesaw, led the Yellow Jackets in the circle with a 27-7 record. She was named Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year and Tournament Most Valuable Player (going 3-0 in the tournament and not allowing a run) en route to becoming the ACC’s all-time strikeout leader (1,378) and broke the conference record in career wins (108). Sallinger is a three-time All-Southeast Region first team honoree for the Jackets and a three-time All-ACC first team selection.
Morales, a freshman from Columbus, Ga., was selected to the All-Southeast Region first team after leading the ACC in stolen bases (44) and currently ranks third in the nation in stolen bases per game (0.73). The second baseman hit .296 in the leadoff spot for the Yellow Jackets and led Tech with 40 runs scored. Morales ranks as the 11th toughest player to strikeout in the nation (22.9) and was named ACC Co-Freshman of the Year and All-ACC second team.
Tech will compete in the NCAA Athens Regional this Friday-Sunday, May 20-22, as the three seed. The Yellow Jackets will face No. 2 seed Kansas (30-22) in the first game on Friday at 5 p.m. on the UGA Softball Stadium. All the action can be followed on www.ramblinwreck.com.
All-tournament passes for the 2005 NCAA Softball Regional at Georgia are currently on sale with chairback seats $30 and general admission seats $24. Passes can be purchased at the Georgia Ticket Office (888-542-1231) or go on-line at www.georgiadogs.com. Single day tickets will be available on the day of the competition for $8.
The University of Georgia security procedures and policies will be in effect for the tournament. The following items will not be allowed inside the Georgia Softball Stadium: alcoholic beverages, artificial noisemakers, banners, coolers, drinks, food, large flags and signs, pets, and any object deemed hazardous by Georgia event staff personnel.
The winners of the 16 regional sites will compete in eight Super Regional sites, May 27-28. The winners of the Super Regional will advance to the 24th NCAA Women’s College World Series begins Thursday, June 2, at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
NCAA ATHENS REGIONAL
Friday, May 20
Game 1: #2 Kansas vs. #3 Georgia Tech – 5 p.m.
Game 2: #1 Georgia vs. #4 Tennessee Tech – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 21
Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 – Noon
Game 4: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 – 2:30 p.m.
Game 5: Loser of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 22
Game 6: Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 5 – Noon
Game 7: Winner of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 6 (if necessary) – 2:30 p.m.