Feb. 28, 2014
|Georgia Tech Softball|
|Game 13||Tech vs. Boston College, Saturday, March 1 – 1 p.m.|
|Game 14||Tech vs. Boston College, Saturday, March 1 – 3 p.m.|
|Game 15||Tech vs. Boston College, Saturday, March 2 – 12 p.m.|
|TV||ESPN3 – Saturday Game 1 | Game 2|
|Live Stats||Saturday (1) | Saturday (2) | Sunday|
|Video & Audio||Sunday All-Access|
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech softball team continues its 21-game home stretch and opens ACC action against Boston College Saturday. The Jackets (10-2) and Eagles (6-4) play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3 with Richard Musterer and Kurt Hoyt on the call, and a 12 p.m. contest Sunday wraps up the series.
Saturday’s doubleheader will be on ESPN3, and Sunday’s single game is available via a live stream with video and audio on All-Access.
The Georgia Tech softball team is off to a 10-2 start for the first time since the 2010 season and is second in the ACC heading into ACC play after a 4-1 weekend at the GT-KSU Invitational.
Senior Hayley Downs leads the squad and is second in the ACC with a .484 batting average and seven stolen bases. Senior Ashley Thomas is batting .385 and leads the team with 14 runs on 15 hits with four home runs. As a team, the Jackets are out-hitting the competition 104-76 and out-scoring the opposition 76-39.
In the circle, Kylie Kleinschmidt is off to a hot start with a perfect 7-0 record, matching her win total from all of last season. Her 0.44 ERA leads the conference and she has 47 strikeouts in 48 innings of work.
The Yellow Jackets are 28-2 all-time against the Eaglesand have won the last 15 straight contests in the series. In the teams’ last series, Tech won all three against the Eagles inChestnut Hill and out-scored Boston College 34-11.
Three Yellow Jackets are in the top 10 in the ACC so far this season in stolen bases. Hayley Downs is third with seven stolen bases, and Ashley Thomas and Chelsie Thomas are tied for fifth with six. As a team, Georgia Tech is second in the league with 23 stolen bases; one behind Florida State’s 24.
Ashley Thomas is climbing Georgia Tech’s career charts for stolen bases. The senior currently has 101 career stolen bases on 121 attempts. The attempts tie for second on Tech’s all-time career list with Laura Williams 121 (1994-97). Aileen Morales’ 173 attempts top the all-time career list. Thomas’ 101 swiped bases are third on the all-time list and she needs nine more to tie Laura Williams’ 110. Morales’ is tops on the career chart with 154 stolen bases (2005-08).
Georgia Tech is third in the ACC in total bases, and two Yellow Jackets are in the top 10 in the category. Ashley Thomas is third in the league with 28 total bases, while Karly Fullem is tied for sixth with 26. Of Fullem’s 11 hits this season, nine have been for extra bases with three home runs and six doubles. Her six doubles are the second most in the ACC, one behind Notre Dame’s Micaela Arizmendi’s seven.
Georgia Tech is first in the ACC in turning double plays. The Jackets have six DPs so far this season. In the 2-1 victory against No. 21 Tulsa on Feb. 22, the Jackets turned three double plays. Arguably the most impressive double play on the day of the season is courtesy of centerfielder Hayley Downs, an 8-1 fly out double play.
Karly Fullem leads the ACC in fielding double plays with five, and Chelsie Thomas and Maddie Lionberger are tied in fourth with three each. Last season, Tech ranked No. 8 in the nation in double plays turned, averaging .48 per game.
Made You Look
Junior Kylie Kleinschmidt is second in the league with 14 strikeouts looking. She is sixth in the ACC in total strikeouts 47 through seven games, which matches her strikeout total from all of last year.