Feb. 24, 2009
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech softball team (8-5) will step out of tournament play for a day as it travels up Interstate 75 for a single game against Kennesaw State (5-7) Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Fans unable to make it up to Bailey Park can listen online beginning at 3:50 p.m. as Seth Gerard and former Yellow Jacket stand-out Brittany Barnes will have the call.
“Kennesaw State has a young team, but they are always well-coached,” head coach Sharon Perkins said. “We’re ready to get the chance to play a local team. We always have a good fan base there and hopefully we can build on last Sunday’s win against Oregon State.”
The all-time series between these two schools is tied at four apiece. They split a doubleheader at Bailey Park last season. The Owls will come down to Atlanta for a single game next month. In game one last year, the Yellow Jackets hit three home runs and won 8-0 in five innings behind a Whitney Humphreys three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts. Whitney Haller had two home runs, while Savannah Brown launched the other. Game two saw the Jackets down 2-0 after the first inning, but Blair Shimandle tied it in the third with a two-run home run, her first round-tripper since 2006. Kennesaw then used a three-run fourth inning to pull away for the win and earn a split, 6-3.
Tiffany Johnson has pitched a shutout in each of her last two starts against Loyola Marymount and Oregon State. She gave up just three hits and three walks, while striking out 20 batters combined in those two starts. Haller needs just three more RBI to break the all-time ACC and Georgia Tech RBI record.
After this game, the Jackets will participate in the NFCA Leadoff Classic this weekend in Columbus, Ga. Georgia Tech will face challenging competition against No. 16/19 Louisiana-Lafayette, No. 20/23 LSU, No. 18/17 Northwestern, Illinois State and Penn State.
Live audio and stats of each game this season is available at www.ramblinwreck.com.