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Tech Treks to Boston College

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech softball (25-11, 6-9 ACC) will venture north for the second consecutive week, heading to Boston College (15-17, 2-10 ACC) for its next ACC weekend series, beginning Friday at 3 p.m. at Harrington Athletics Village in Brighton, Mass.

Series Schedule

Friday, April 8 @ 3 p.m.

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Saturday, April 9 @ 1 p.m.

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Sunday, April 10 @ Noon

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TV

The series will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.

Storylines

  • Georgia Tech has outscored its opponents 217-136 to date.
  • Tech got off to a 15-2 start on the year, the best for the program in 12 years. The 2010 Yellow Jackets started off 20-2 on the way to regular season and ACC tournament titles, making an NCAA regional appearance.
  • The White and Gold won their first 11 straight home games, tying the 1991 Yellow Jackets for the best home start in program history.
  • Georgia Tech recently won nine straight games, including six in ACC play, for the program’s highest win streak since claiming 12 straight in 2012.
  • The White and Gold have won two ACC series, topping Louisville before claiming their first ACC series sweep of the season against Syracuse.
  • Georgia Tech owns three walk-off victories this season over Penn State, Dartmouth and Syracuse (excluding by way of mercy-rule).
  • The Yellow Jackets have won seven games by mercy rule this season, including six in just five innings.
  • The White and Gold are 5-0 against in-state opponents this season after defeating Mercer, Georgia State, Georgia and Kennesaw State twice.
  • Tech is undefeated at 20-0 when holding opponents to two runs or less.
  • The Jackets are 20-5 when scoring first and 20-4 when out hitting opponents.
  • Tech owns a 19-2 record against nonconference opponents as well as a 17-6 record in all home contests.
  • The Yellow Jackets tout five wins tallying double digit runs on the year.
  • Georgia Tech claimed its second ranked victory of the year in last weekend’s series opener against No. 25 Notre Dame, using a four-run rally in the top of the seventh to come out on top, 9-8. The two ranked wins mark the most for the program in a single season since 2015.
  • The victory marked the Jackets’ first road victory over the Fighting Irish in the history of the series. Tech also tallied 34 runs in the series, the most in a single series this season.
  • Junior hurler Chandler Dennis recently put together a 4-0 week that resulted in ACC Co-Pitcher of the Week honors.
  • Georgia Tech picked up its first ranked win of the season over then No. 16 Georgia. Previously, the most recent ranked win for the Jackets came a season ago, downing No. 15 Virginia Tech on the road.
  • Tech owns 66 ranked wins all time, including six top-10 triumphs, two top-five victories and one top-three win in the history of the program.
  • Junior designated player Caroline Davis belted Tech’s second grand slam of the year against the Bulldogs following graduate slugger Tricia Awald’s same feat against Villanova (Feb. 12). The grand slam marked Davis’ first of her career, along with her fifth home run of the season and sixth of her career.
  • Awald has gotten a hit in 26 games and reached base in Tech’s first 19 games this season. She’s reached in 33 of the Jackets’ 36 games on the year.
  • Junior Blake Neleman tossed a career-high 13 strikeouts in the season opener against Saint Joseph’s, fanning 12 of the 13 batters on the way to a complete game win. Neleman nearly matched that total against Mississippi State with 12 punchouts in another complete game win over Mississippi State. With five strikeouts in game two against Louisville, Neleman surpassed 300 career punchouts as well as her previous career high of 111 sit downs in a season. She owns 136 total this season and 324 throughout her career.
  • Neleman owns eight complete game wins, two shutouts and an 11-6 record with two saves in 27 appearances on the year.
  • The Jackets are currently among the nation’s most efficient at the plate and near the top of the league in multiple categories – 13th in the land and second in the league in on-base percentage (0.414), second in the NCAA and second in the ACC in walks (166) and 33rd in the country and top five in the conference in doubles on the season (50).
  • Awald is among the nation’s best at the dish, currently seventh in the country and leading the conference in on-base percentage (.590) while ranking second in the land and leading the league in walks per game (1.00). Similarly, she’s been dinged the second most times in the conference and 42nd most in the country with a 0.28 average of getting hit by pitches per game.
  • Awald recently became Georgia Tech’s program leader in career walks with 153 to date.
  • Junior catcher Emma Kauf has excelled in hits for extra bases, sitting in fifth in the NCAA and atop the ACC in doubles (13). She’s also top five in the conference in hits (43) and total bases (76), leading the squad in both.
  • To date, Neleman is 28th in the country and third in the conference in strikeouts (136) while ranking 27th in the NCAA and leading the ACC in innings pitched (114 2/3). Her two saves also rank fourth in the league and 27th in the land.

Series Notes

  • Georgia Tech leads Boston College 33-15 in the all-time series.
  • The Yellow Jackets claimed the last contest between the two with a 3-1 victory at home in 2020, also taking the series winning two of three.
  • The White and Gold own a 14-7 advantage at home, lead 13-8 in road contests and are undefeated at 6-0 in neutral-site games.
  • Tech dominated the early goings of the all-time series, winning the first 12 matchups shortly followed by 16 straight victories, resulting in 29 of the first 31 meetings falling in favor of the Jackets.

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