April 8, 2011
ATLANTA – Winners of 25 out of their last 27 games, the No. 25/23 Georgia Tech softball team (32-6, 6-0 ACC) heads up to Blacksburg, Va., this weekend for a three-game series at Virginia Tech (28-9, 6-3). The Yellow Jackets and Hokies will play a doubleheader Saturday at Noon and then a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Series With Virginia Tech:
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series against Virginia Tech, 15-11, and has won the last four meetings in the series. The Yellow Jackets are 4-4 against the Hokies at Tech Softball Park and Virginia Tech comes in a perfect 7-0 at home this season.
Softball To Raise Money For Japan:
The Georgia Tech softball team will hold a fundraiser at next week’s homestand against Georgia (April 13, 7 p.m.) and North Carolina (April 16-17, 1 p.m.) to raise money for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan. Tables will be set up at each entrance to Mewborn Field and volunteers will be passing through the stands to collect donations. All of the money raised will be sent to the American Red Cross.
Back in the Rankings
Georgia Tech is back in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball top 25 polls this week for the second straight week after falling in the “also receiving votes” category for nearly a month.
Tech opened the season ranked 18th and 17th, respectively, but a losing streak in late February dropped the Jackets out of the poll for the first time in two years.
Prior to the arrival of head coach Sharon Perkins, the Yellow Jackets had appeared in the NFCA top 25 poll 25 times. Tech surpassed that in her fourth year in Atlanta.
Georgia Tech is ranked 15th in the latest NFCA/NCAA RPI.
Jackets Continue Streak Of ACC Series Wins
Dating back to the 2008 season, Georgia Tech has won 19 straight ACC series which is now an ACC record. Virginia Tech held the previous mark having won 15 straight from 2006 to 2008.
Since being swept by NC State April 5-6, 2008, Georgia Tech is 52-7 (.881) in ACC games. During its streak, Virginia Tech went 34-10 (.773).
The Yellow Jackets have won the ACC regular season and tournament titles in each of the past two seasons and were picked as unanimous favorites to win in 2011 by the league’s coaches.
The 2011 ACC Tournament will be held May 13-15 at Mewborn Field. Its the first time Georgia Tech has hosted the softball championship.
No Yee…No Problem
Every time head coach Sharon Perkins was asked in the offseason how you replace the bat of Jen Yee she said you can’t do it with one bat, everyone has to contribute. Well, in 2011 it has been a team effort.
Georgia Tech is hitting .325 as a team through 38 games and eight of the nine regular starters are batting at least .320. Tech ranks first in the ACC and 22nd nationally in batting average and leads the conference in every offensive category except doubles.
Tech is averaging 6.3 runs a game this season and its .606 slugging percentage is fourth in the nation.
Bombs Away In `11
After hitting a school record 118 home runs in 2010, Georgia Tech is right on that pace again in 2011 despite losing All-American Jen Yee and her 29 round-trippers.
Tech is second in the nation with 69 home runs thus far in 2011 and has nearly doubled the next closest team in the ACC.
Six of the top 10 home run hitters in the ACC don the Gold and White led by sophomore Hope Rush and junior Kelsi Weseman who each have 12. Freshman Alysha Rudnik has 11 round-trippers while senior Kristine Priebe and junior Jessica Sinclair have 10 apiece. In addition, junior Shannon Bear has nine.
Perkins Picks Up 200
With a 1-0 win over Georgia State on March 13, Georgia Tech head coach Sharon Perkins won her 200th career game. Perkins is now 218-79 (.734) in her fifth season at the helm of the Yellow Jackets.
Perkins has led Tech to the ACC regular season and tournament titles in each of the last two seasons en route to league Coach of the Year honors both times. She has the most wins of any ACC coach since taking over in 2007.
Adkins Back In Form
Senior Kristen Adkins has regained her form as ace of the Tech pitching staff, just over a year removed from her run to ACC Tournament MVP honors in 2009.
Adkins, who transferred to Tech for the start of the 2009 season, is currently 15-3 with a 0.87 ERA. She ranks seventh in the nation in ERA and tied for 21st in wins and has 99 strikeouts this season which is already 344 more than she had all of last season.
Adkins, who also sits tied for sixth in the nation with five saves, has four shutouts to her credit and is holding opponents to a .198 batting average.
The McKinney, Texas native recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in a shutout of Georgia State on March 1. Coincidentally, that is the win that sent Georgia Tech on its recent run that has seen the Jackets win 25 of 27 games.
Adkins enjoyed a stretch this season of 31.1 consecutive innings without allowing a run.