March 18, 2013
|Georgia Tech Softball|
|Game 27||Tech at SIUE, Tuesday, March 19 – 3 p.m. ET|
Tech at SIUE, Tuesday, March 19 – 5 p.m. ET
Tech at SEMO, Wednesday, March 20 – 3 p.m. ET
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech softball team kicks off its spring break tour of Illinois and Missouri with a doubleheader Tuesday at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a single game Wednesday at Southeast Missouri State. Action begins at 3 p.m. ET on both days.
Georgia Tech (13-13, 2-1 ACC)
After the weekend off from competition, the Yellow Jackets are back on the road for the next seven games. Of the Jackets’ last 15 games, 14 have been on the road and Tech is 4-6 in the last 10 contests.
Georgia Tech looks to get back on track after dropping a 14-1 contest at home against No. 25 Georgia in its most recent action.
Five Yellow Jackets are batting above .300 led by junior Ashley Thomas (.420). Thomas has maintained a batting average of at least .400 since Feb. 10 and is on a 25-game hitting streak.
In the circle, Hope Rush leads the squad with a 3.90 ERA. In 84.1 innings of work, Rush allowed 47 earned runs, issued 34 walks and fanned 48 batters.
Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville (14-7, 1-1 OVC)
The Cougars are 8-2 in their last 10 games and enjoyed a seven-game winning streak, before falling 7-4 Saturday to UT-Martin.
As a team, SIUE is batting .306 with seven Cougars hitting above .300 (minimum three at bats). The team is led by Rachel Coonrod’s .404 average and eight doubles, and Alex McDavid’s 17 runs and 25 hits.
All three SIUE pitchers own ERAs under 3.50. Erin Greenwalt has a 1.57 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 35.2 innings pitched. Haley Chambers has seen the most action in the circle with 63.0 innings of work and a 7-2 record.
The Jackets and Cougars have only met once before. Tech won that contest, 9-1, in six innings on March 8, 2012 in Atlanta.
Southeast Missouri State (8-12, 1-1 OVC)
The Redhawks are 5-5 in their last 10 games and recently split a doubleheader with Murray State, winning the first game 9-3 before dropping the second game, 8-1.
Alexis Anderson went 5-for-7 on the day, hitting two home runs, a double, batting four runs in, scored three runs, and had two stolen bases against the Racers. She leads the team with a .353 batting average, while Kaitlin Zink has a team-high 14 runs, 19 hits and 11 stolen bases.
The Redhawks mainly use two pitchers in Taylor Cowan and Hannah Clemons. Cowan (5-6) owns a team-best 2.27 ERA with eight complete games. She averages one hit an inning with 24 earned runs allowed and 41 strikeouts.
The last time the two teams met was 18 years ago on April 13, 1995. The Jackets lost a one-run contest, 2-1, at the UT-Chattanooga Invitational in Chattanooga, Tenn.