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No. 16 Tech Softball to Play in the Lady Panther Invitational

Feb. 18, 2005

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Atlanta – No. 16 Georgia Tech will travel across town to compete in the Lady Panther Invitational Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-20. Tech will face Eastern Kentucky at 10 a.m. and Evansville at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday. The Jackets will then face host Georgia State Sunday at 10 a.m. with a consolation/championship game to follow. The Yellow Jackets won the tournament last year winning all four games.

Georgia Tech Softball

The 16th-ranked Yellow Jackets began a season 9-0 for the first time since the 1991 campaign, where Tech started 13-0. The Yellow Jackets downed Furman in their last outing, 10-0.

Tech is averaging 6.1 runs per game and is hitting .319 as a team through nine games this season. The pitching staff has allowed just eight runs in nine ballgames and carries a microscopic 0.79 earned run average.

Game Coverage

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

Lady Panther Invitational

Georgia Tech will look to defend its title as they swept through the tournament last year. Tech opened the tournament with a 6-0 win over host Georgia State. In the afternoon contest, the Jackets edged out Eastern Kentucky 2-0. On the second day of the tournament, the Rambling Wreck downed Tennessee State 4-0, and made short work of Georgia State (8-0 in 5 inn.) to take the title. Tech pitchers allowed no runs in the tournament, while Yellow Jacket Batters accounted for 20 runs in four games.

Scouting the Tournament Field

The participating teams this weekend will be Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley), Evansville (Missouri Valley) and host Georgia State (Atlantic Sun).

Tech will open up tournament play against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday at 10 a.m. Tech holds a 2-1 advantage over the Colonels with the last meeting coming at the Lady Panther Invitational a year ago. The Yellow Jackets won that game by a score of 2-0.

The Evansville Purple Aces will be next up for the Rambling Wreck at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday. Evansville has a slight advantage on the Jackets, 2-1 in the series.

Tournament host Georgia State enters the weekend with an overall record of 2-2. The Panthers hosted the First Pitch Classic, defeating Tennessee Tech, 3-2, and Charleston Southern, 6-2, on the first day of the tournament. On the second day of the tournament, Georgia State fell to Eastern Carolina twice, 5-2 and 1-0 respectively. The meeting will mark the 45th time the two teams have met up, with the Jackets holding a 26-18 advantage.

-GT SOFTBALL-

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