April 16, 2010
ATLANTA – The No. 9/7 Georgia Tech Softball team (38-6, 11-1 ACC) will play its final regular season home games at Mewborn Field this weekend when Boston College (12-22, 0-9) comes to town. Prior to Saturday’s 1 p.m. doubleheader, seniors Kelly Eppinger and Jen Yee as well as manager Rackley Boren will be honored.
The series then concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. Live video, audio and stats of all three games can be found at www.RamblinWreck.com and by clicking the links above.
Tech has won 14 straight ACC series’ dating back to 2008 and a series win this weekend would tie them with Virginia Tech for the ACC record. The Hokies won 15 in a row from 2006-2008 and were 34-10 in that span. Tech enters play this weekend 35-6 since last dropping a series.
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series against Boston College 15-2, including an 11-2 mark since the Eagles joined the ACC. Last season, Tech won two out of three games in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Yellow Jackets left 13 runners on base and lost Game One on a walk-off single 1-0. In Game Two, the bats exploded for 12 runs on 15 hits en route to a 12-1, five-inning win.
Kelsi Weseman was 3-for-4 for the Yellow Jackets and had a home run and two RBI. Kate Kuzma also hit a home run for the Yellow Jackets. Tiffany Johnson allowed a leadoff home run in the second game and then held the Eagles hitless for the rest of the game as she improved to 11-1.
In Game One, the Eagles scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Amy Tunstall doubled with one out and then pinch runner Allie Thunstrom scored on a RBI single by Allison Kooistra.
Yee continues to lead the ACC and nation in several categories. She enters play this weekend hitting .575 with a 1.283 slugging percentage and a .716 on-base percentage. The North Delta, British Columbia native’s 22 home runs this year are the second-most all-time in a Tech single-season and she joins Whitney Haller, Savannah Brown and Brittany Barnes as the only Yellow Jackets with 20-plus home runs in a season. Haller holds the school and ACC record with 24 in 2006.
Yee has 70 runs, 65 hits, 12 doubles, 50 RBI and 55 walks. All of those categories except for doubles lead the ACC and are among the top five in the nation. Nine of her 22 home runs have either tied the game or put Tech ahead and eight of those nine came in the fifth inning or later.
Freshman Hope Rush, a finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year along with Yee, has led Tech in the circle going 21-4 with a 1.43 ERA. She has six shutouts in 23 starts and is holding opponents to a .208 batting average. Sophomore Jessica Coan is 11-1 with a 2.02 ERA for Tech and averaging 1.5 strikeouts an inning, while junior Kristen Adkins has a 6-1 record and 2.19 ERA.