The Georgia Tech softball team will start off their ACC conference play on Friday when they take on the Virginia Cavaliers.
The Georgia Tech softball team has finished the bulk of their non conference schedule and are ready to start ACC play. The Jackets went 11-7 in their first month of play. The Yellow Jackets have also won 8 of their last 10, giving the team a great amount of confidence heading into conference play.
Freshman Cameron Stanford is leading the team in batting average, hitting .333 with 3 home runs and 9 RBIs. Katie Krzus is leading the team in run production with 16 RBIs, and hitting above .300 herself. Tech has shown tremendous power throughout their lineup, hitting 20 home runs as a team. More impressive however has been their ability to manufacture runs, something last year’s team struggled to do.
Emily Anderson and her 0.98 ERA helped the Jackets bring a 2.13 team ERA. If there is something the Yellow Jackets need to shore up before they start conference play is defense. The Jackets have committed 28 errors in their 18 games, making their fielding percentage .944.
The Jackets open ACC play traveling to Charlottesville to play Virginia. The Cavaliers come into this weekend with an 8-14 record. They have only played one game at home this year and it was a 16-2 loss vs Campbell, a team the Yellow Jackets beat twice this season. Virginia is in the midst of a three game losing streak, however their outfielder Allison Davis is coming off an ACC co-player of the week performance, hitting 5 home runs in their last 5 games.
This is an opportunity for the Jackets to start ACC play with momentum. Series against teams with records under .500 are ones the Jackets need to win in the conference if they want to land themselves in postseason.
The Jackets struggled in series they should have won last season and will look to change that this year. The teams play three games in three days this weekend on Friday at 6:00pm, Saturday at 1:00pm, and Sunday at noon.