April 15, 2005
ATLANTA – The 19th-ranked Georgia Tech softball team (38-9) will entertain UAB (19-29) this Saturday for a non-conference doubleheader at Glenn Field, scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. The games can be followed on www.ramblinwreck.com.
The Yellow Jackets are 12-2 in their last 14 ballgames and are currently on a four-game winning streak. The Jackets stole 17 bases over the weekend against NC State, including seven in the opening game of the series to tie a school record, set earlier this season against Evansville (2/19). Tech has 125 stolen bases on the season, ranking third nationally, and lead the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Jackets are ranked No. 19 in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Polls. Tech appears in the rankings for the 11th consecutive week, the longest streak in program history.
Tech defeated UAB in Birmingham, Ala., earlier this season, 3-0, on March 2. The Yellow Jackets lead the all-time series 1-0.
The Rambling Wreck appears in the national rankings in five different categories: third in stolen bases per game (2.66), 15th in earned run average (1.28), 16th in fielding percentage (.973), 17th in win-loss percentage (.809) and 26th in batting average (.301).
Senior Jessica Sallinger is the reigning Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week after reaching 100 career wins against NC State, ending the week 2-0, with one earned run and 24 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched. Sallinger currently has 101 wins and needs seven more to become the ACC’s all-time wins leader.
The Blazers are currently 19-29 and 5-10 in Conference USA. UAB is hitting .221 as a team and hold a 3.28 ERA. Jennifer Nelson leads the Blazers in the circle. Nelson is 7-6 on the season, with a 2.59 ERA. She leads the pitchers with 96 strikeouts in 83 2/3 innings pitched.
Chelsea McCall is the top hitter for UAB, batting .299 heading into this weekend. McCall has three doubles, two triples and nine runs batted in. She ranks second on the team in on base percentage (.350) and has three stolen bases in three attempts.