Feb. 4, 2005
ATLANTA – The 21st-ranked Georgia Tech softball team will open up the 2005 season against Chattanooga at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Glenn Field. Tech finished last year with an overall record 47-19.
“We have been practicing for this day for almost five months (counting the fall),” said head coach Ehren Earleywine. “We’re tired of beating up on each other and are all very excited to get the season underway. This is a team with a great deal of athleticism, but a shortage of experience. I suspect we will play our best softball a couple of months down the road after the newcomers gain some experience. For now, we just look forward to having a good practice today and seeing where we stand on Saturday.
“We will have our hands full tomorrow. UTC has a great program and have added some key transfer players to their lineup this year. We will have to play near perfect to win both games.”
Returning to the lineup for Tech is NFCA All-American Jessica Sallinger. The senior pitcher enters her final season needing just 13 strikeouts to become the all-time leader in strikeouts in the Atlantic Coast Conference, surpassing Maryland’s Kelly Shipman (1037). The Kennesaw, Ga., native finished last year with a 31-10 record and a 0.82 earned run average en route to earning All-Southeast Region and All-ACC honors.
All-ACC honoree Liz Bartle also returns for Tech. Bartle finished third on the Jacket squad with a .280 batting average and slugged six home runs and drove in 35 runs for the Rambling Wreck in ’04. Senior third baseman Katie Donovan also returns for the Jackets, hitting .283 last season with 24 RBIs.
All home games for Tech will be broadcasted via the internet on Game Tracker at RamblinWreck.com.