It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on the Georgia Tech softball team, so how have the Jackets done since the last time we discussed them? Let’s find out.
It’s the end of March which means the final full month of regular season softball is about to begin for the Georgia Tech softball team. The Jackets right now are sitting 22-16 overall and 5-7 in conference play, which is pretty good considering where they’ve sat the last few seasons. For comparison, the Jackets only won 28 games last year, so picking up seven more wins over the last few weeks of the season doesn’t seem like too much to ask for.
That being said, the Jackets are coming off one of their roughest weekends as they were swept by the Duke Blue Devils, moving their losing streak to four games after losing their midweek showdown against Alabama last week.
With their 5-7 record in conference play, the Jackets are in a tough situation in the ACC Coastal standings. The Virginia Tech Hokies have a five-game lead over the Jackets with a 10-2 conference record and 30-5 record overall. Also in front of the Jackets are North Carolina and Duke who both are sitting at 8-4 in conference play. The Jackets will need a huge run in April if they hope to make a run at the ACC Coastal.
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The Jackets will begin their month of April with a game against Georgia Southern on Wednesday before traveling to Ames, Iowa this upcoming weekend for a four-game series.
On offense, the Jackets statistically are being led by sophomore Breanna Roper, who entered Sunday’s game with a batting average just below .440 on the season. Katie Krzus and Skye Webb are also hitting the cover off the ball this season, hitting .364 and .340 on the season. Overall, as a team, the Jackets are hitting just below .300 as a team and have shown a good amount of power with 40+ home runs on the season.
When it comes to their stats on the mound, the Jackets have been strong as well. Morgan Bruce leads the team with 11 wins on the season while posting an ERA just below 3.30. The Jackets pitching staff as a whole have a team ERA of 3.83 entering Sunday. For comparison, opposing pitchers have an ERA of 5.62.
The Jackets got off to a hot start this season and while they’ve had their struggles at times in the last month, their hot start has allowed them to hold onto an above .500 record. While they’ve struggled in conference play, the program still has shown a vast improvement over the last season and half that has the program going in the right direction. Their bats are alive and well this season but they still lack strong pitching depth that separates them from the best in the ACC and the country. The last full month of the season will be big for the Jackets and they do have chances to make so moves in the standings. They’ll need to play their best softball yet but it’s not out of the question.