THE FLATS – Georgia Tech softball will conclude its fall slate with a pair of doubleheaders this weekend, hosting its final home games against Bevill State on Friday beginning at 6 p.m. at Mewborn Field before heading to North Georgia on Sunday for a pair of contests starting at 1 p.m. in Dahlonega, Ga.
Bevill State posted a 9-23 record a season ago, going 6-22 in conference as part of the ACCC. North Georgia, meanwhile, was a powerhouse amongst its competition, going 49-18 overall and 20-4 in Peach Belt Conference play in 2022. The Nighthawks won their eighth straight regular season and tournament titles in the PBC, going on to win their second straight regional and super regional. Advancing to the NCAA DII Championship, North Georgia picked up a pair of wins before falling in the semifinals.
Georgia Tech enters its sixth season under coach Aileen Morales, bringing back 18 returners from last season’s squad. Chief among the notable returners is NFCA Southeast Second Team All-Region and First Team All-ACC catcher Emma Kauf. The ACC’s two-time top catcher in the league is joined by a dynamic duo of right-handers in the circle in Blake Neleman and Chandler Dennis as well as the “walking web gem” serving as Tech’s vacuum in the middle, shortstop Jin Sileo. Also returning from last season’s regular starting lineup is leadoff mainstay and third baseman Mallorie Black along with ACC All-Freshman Team left fielder Auburn Dupree and fellow former freshman center fielder Ella Edgmon.
The stable of returners is bolstered by the Yellow Jackets’ recent recruiting class, composed of six highly-touted new Jackets. The class consists of five newcomers joining the collegiate ranks along with Texas A&M transfer Cayden Baker, who carved out a starting role with the Aggies while batting .261 as a freshman in the SEC.
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