April 11, 2005
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech standout Jessica Sallinger was named Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Player of the Week after leading the 21st-ranked Yellow Jackets to a 4-0 week, including an ACC sweep over NC State this past weekend, announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
Sallinger, a native of Kennesaw, Ga., became the 40th pitcher in NCAA history to reach 100 career wins, and the second player in ACC history, with her 13th shutout of the season, scattering three hits and striking out 12, in a Tech 4-0 win over the Wolfpack in the series opener.
On Sunday in the series finale, Sallinger cruised through the first six innings, allowing just three hits and striking out 11. NC state mounted a comeback in the seventh inning with runners at second and third and no outs, but Sallinger retired the next three batters, allowing just one run, including striking out the final batter of the game for her 12th of the contest, to lead the Jackets to a 2-1 victory and the sweep in the ACC series.
Sallinger moved into seventh place all-time in the NCAA with 1,295 career strikeouts, and finished the weekend 2-0, with a 0.50 earned run average, one shutout and struck out 24 in 14 innings pitched.
The Yellow Jackets will travel to in-state rival Georgia for a non-conference game with the 10th-ranked Bulldogs on Wednesday, April 13. The single game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start at the UGA Softball Complex.