Feb. 26, 2013
THE FLATS – In its first true road game of the season, the Georgia Tech softball team (9-7) takes on Jacksonville State (7-7) Wednesday at University Field in Jacksonville, Ala. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET.
Live stats and a free audio stream are available for the contest on www.RamblinWreck.com.
Georgia Tech (9-7)
The Yellow Jackets are coming off a tough weekend at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. where Tech posted a 1-4 record. At the tournament, Tech faced two top 10 teams in No. 8 California and No. 5 Florida, and recorded the lone win of the tournament in the team’s finale against Illinois, 1-0.
Junior Hayley Downs leads the team with a .421 batting average. Over the weekend, the Grayson, Ga. native, hit .600 (3-for-5) with one run. Junior Ashley Thomas is second on the team with a .412 average, and it tops on the team with 16 runs, 21 hits, two triples and 12 stolen bases.
Ashley Thomas currently enjoys a 15-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all 16 games so far this season.
In the circle, Hope Rush (5-5) owns a 2.87 ERA. The Stockbridge, Ga. native has pitched seven complete games in 12 appearances with two shutouts.
As a team, Tech is batting .302 and leads the ACC in 12 batting categories including, runs (99), hits (124) and RBI (87).
Jacksonville State (7-7)
The Gamecocks have won five of their last eight games, and most recently posted a 2-1 record at the Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament in Kennesaw, Ga.
Sophomore Sara Borders was named the Ohio Valley Conference’s player of the week for her efforts in leading the Gamecocks to a 4-1 record last week. The first baseman went 8-for-16 (.500) at the plate last week and reached base at least twice in every game to post a .550 on-base percentage.
Borders leads the team with a .425 batting average and a .775 slugging percentage.
Tiffany Harbin is 5-3 in the circle for the Gamecocks with a 2.26 ERA. She has 74 strikeouts and just 17 earned runs on 39 hits in 52.2 innings of work.
The Jackets lead the all-time series against the Gamecocks, 7-1. Jacksonville State earned its first win against Tech last season on March 15 in Atlanta by a score of 13-6. Until then, the Jacket had won every meeting since the series started in 2002.