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Tech Sets Sights on Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate

THE FLATS –  Georgia Tech softball (8-7) will host rival No. 17 Georgia (12-4) for the 2023 edition of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Mewborn Field. The Yellow Jackets enter the contest following their victory over the Bulldogs a season ago, the first over the Dogs in a decade and first road triumph in Athens, Ga., in 15 years.

Game Information

Tuesday, Feb. 28 @ 6 p.m. vs. No. 17 Georgia

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TV

The game will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.

Parking

Parking will be available in the Family Housing deck.

Promotions

Tuesday’s game will be a Gold Out as fans attending are encouraged to wear gold. There will also be a gold slap bracelet giveaway upon entry, and gold t-shirts will be given during the game to students who provide a valid BuzzCard. Taco trucks will also be present near the stadium for Taco Tuesday.

Storylines

  • Georgia Tech most recently went 3-2 in the Queen City Classic, downing the likes of Penn State (7-6) and Kent State twice (9-8, 7-4).
  • With the second win over Kent State, Morales earned her 250th career victory as a head coach.
  • The Yellow Jackets won a pair of thrillers as junior designated player Sara Beth Allen blasted a walk-off home run to send the Nittany Lions packing before sophomore center fielder Auburn Dupree made a diving snag and doubled up the tying run on third to finish off the Golden Flashes in the first meeting of the two sides on the weekend.
  • Sophomore second baseman Grace Connelly and junior first baseman Abby Hughes are now both on five-game hitting streaks.
  • Following a stellar weekend, Hughes has become the most efficient Yellow Jacket at the plate as she leads the squad with a .500 batting average. The Leesburg, Ga., native owns eight hits and a double, all of which came over the weekend, minus one hit.
  • Connelly was right behind Hughes in the tournament, batting .438 as she went 7-for-16 with a double, a triple and seven RBI.
  • Senior catcher Emma Kauf and sophomore utility player Madison Dobbins were proficient in going for extra bases as Kauf picked up three doubles and a pair of triples while Dobbins amassed five doubles in the tournament after entering the weekend without an extra-base hit.
  • Sophomore slinger Sophia Voyles (2-1) was the pitcher of record in three of the five games in the tournament, receiving her first two wins of the season. She heaved an effective 11 innings, picking up seven strikeouts.
  • Voyles earned the win over Kent State after tossing 3.2 scoreless innings as she allowed just one hit. She followed with five innings of work facing Charlotte, adding four punchouts as she allowed four runs.
  • Sophomore righty Kinsey Norton has been effective in both of her save situations this season, cashing in on both opportunities to tie for the conference lead and rank 10th in the country.
  • Senior hurler Blake Neleman (2-2) recently moved into fifth in program history in career strikeouts in the season-opening Buzz Classic, now owning 460 over her decorated career.
  • The Marietta, Ga., native most notably racked up a career-high tying 13 strikeouts in a complete game two-hitter for victory over UConn in her first appearance of the season.
  • Fellow senior right hander Chandler Dennis (4-3) owns a stellar outing in the circle of her own against Saint Francis, throwing a complete game one-hitter for a shutout with eight strikeouts in seven innings of work.
  • Defense has gone hand in hand with work from the circle this season as the Jackets are second in the ACC and 11th in the NCAA in fielding percentage (.985).
  • Other top five marks as a unit for the Yellow Jackets include third in the conference and 24th in the nation in triples per game (.40) while also placing fifth in the league in stolen bases per game (1.73).
  • Tech’s staunch plate discipline has resulted in 57 walks, ranking fourth in the ACC and 26th in the NCAA.
  • Neleman is second in the ACC in while landing 22nd in the NCAA with 52 punchouts.
  • Each owning a pair of triples this season, Kauf and freshman Paige Vukadinovich are both tied for second in the league and top 20 in the nation in the category.
  • Kauf is also fifth in the ACC averaging a run scored per contest.

Series Notes

  • Georgia Tech trails Georgia 33-11 in the all-time series.
  • The Yellow Jackets earned their first win over Georgia during the Aileen Morales era a season ago, downing Georgia for the first time since a 2-0 victory on The Flats in 2012.
  • The win marked the White and Gold’s first victory over the Bulldogs on the road since winning 4-1 in 2007, a team that Morales was a member of as a player.
  • Tech earned its largest margin of victory in a win over Georgia in the history of the series in the game, previously topping the Bulldogs by three runs or less.
  • In addition, the triumph was the first by run rule for the Jackets in the all-time series.
  • The Yellow Jackets have now defeated the Bulldogs 11 times in program history. The White and Gold own five road victories through the series.
  • Tech claimed four straight contests from 2007-08 for their longest win streak of the series, taking a pair on the road followed by two home victories.

2023 Softball Tickets

Georgia Tech softball 2023 single-game tickets remain on sale and can be purchased HERE.

Single-Game Pricing:

Reserved Chairback: $5

Adult GA Bench: $3

Youth/Senior GA Bench: $2

Group (10+) GA Bench: $2

Standing room only tickets will be sold for $2 each if all other sections are sold out. Georgia Tech students and faculty/staff can receive free admission to regular season home games while seats remain available by showing a valid BuzzCard at the entrance.

More ticketing information, including the steps to become a member of the Mew Crew and the benefits of joining, can be found on the official Georgia Tech Softball Tickets page.

Alexander-Tharpe Fund

The Alexander-Tharpe Fund is the fundraising arm of Georgia Tech athletics, providing scholarship, operations and facilities support for Georgia Tech’s 400-plus student-athletes. Be a part of developing Georgia Tech’s Everyday Champions and helping the Yellow Jackets compete for championships at the highest levels of college athletics by supporting the Annual Athletic Scholarship Fund, which directly provides scholarships for Georgia Tech student-athletes. To learn more about supporting the Yellow Jackets, visit atfund.org.

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