May 13, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The top-seeded Georgia Tech softball team (47-12) will face third-seeded Virginia (30-30) in the semifinals of the winner’s bracket at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on Saturday at Noon. The Yellow Jackets defeated NC State, 2-0, on Thursday night to advance to the semifinals, while the Cavaliers downed Maryland, 4-3, and Virginia Tech, 2-1, to move on to the semifinals.
Tech and UVa split the regular season series in Charlottesville on April 3. ACC Pitcher of the Year Jessica Sallinger blanked the Cavaliers, 3-0, in the opener, and UVa earned a split with a 6-4 victory in the second game. The scheduled third game of the ACC series was cancelled due to weather.
All-ACC first team selection Amy Hosier drove in the game-winning runs last night in the fourth inning and Sallinger fired her ACC leading 14th shutout of the season to lead Tech over the Wolfpack. Sallinger needs one more win to tie the ACC record of 107 career victories.
UVa catcher Jenn Wynn, an All-ACC first team selection, led the Cavaliers to a 2-1 win this afternoon with a two-run home run in the fourth inning. ACC Player of the Year Sara Larquier drove in the game-winning run for the Cavaliers against Maryland on Thursday afternoon.
The Yellow Jackets will try and make their third appearance in four seasons in the championship game with a win over Virginia. Georgia Tech won its only ACC Tournament title in 2002, and dropped a 3-1 decision to Florida State in ’04.
The action at the ACC Tournament can be followed at ACC Tournament Central.