March 13, 2007
ATLANTA – The 18th-ranked Georgia Tech softball team (25-5) will host the University of Houston (20-9) for a single non-conference game, Wednesday, March 14, at Glenn Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
All Tech games can be followed on www.ramblinwreck.com via live stats. The Yellow Jackets and Cougars have never faced each other.
ACC Opening Weekend for the Jackets on Horizon
The Jackets will open the conference season in Blacksburg, Va., against Virginia Tech. The Rambling Wreck hold a slim 7-5 advantage in the all-time series, but the Hokies took two of three last season and split with the Jackets in their inaugural season in the ACC, posting a regular season record of 3-2 against the Jackets since joining the league in 2004-05. Georgia Tech does hold a 1-0 advantage in the postseason, defeating the Hokies in the ACC Tournament Title Game, 1-0, in 2005.
Senior outfielder Caitlin Lever has chopped down opposing pitchers during the first third of her final season as a Yellow Jacket. The cleanup batter leads the ACC with a .563 batting average, and holds a league-best .917 slugging percentage and .613 on base percentage.
Lever currenty is the active leader in the ACC with a career batting average of .381, and stands fourth in Tech history and among active leaders in the ACC with 56 stolen bases. Her 38 RBIs this year is one shy of last season’s career-high of 39, and she has matched her season-best 10 doubles from a year ago.
She has been selected ACC Player of the Week twice this season, on Feb. 26 and March 5. Lever has also been named to the Buzz Classic and USF adidas Invitational All-Tournament Teams.
A two-time All-ACC selection, Lever could become just the fourth Tech player to earn all-conference honors in three consecutive seasons (Tara Knudsen – 2002-04; Jessica Sallinger – 2003-05; Laura Williams – 1994-97).
Junior transfer Brittany Barnes has made herself noticed early on for the Yellow Jackets. Barnes, a native of Lawrenceville, Ga., leads the ACC with 44 runs batted in and 10 home runs. She surpassed her 25 RBIs in 39 games last season at North Georgia College and State University and stands seventh on the Tech squad with a .310 batting average.
There’s No Place Like Home
Over the last five seasons, the Yellow Jackets have experienced a tremendous amount of success at Glenn Field. Tech has gone 83-18 over that span (.822 winning percentage) and has only dropped 12 of the last 64 contests played at home over the last three seasons.