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March 23, 2006

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia softball team resumes its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule with a three-game series against Georgia Tech this weekend at Glenn Field. UVa will play a doubleheader against the Yellow Jackets on Saturday (Mar. 25) at 1:00 p.m. and then wrap up the series with a single game at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday (Mar. 26).

The Cavaliers currently stand at 14-9 on the season. Virginia went 1-2 in its first ACC series of the 2006 season at Virginia Tech last weekend. UVa lost the first game 4-1 and bounced back to take a 4-3 decision in the second game. The Hokies took the series with a 10-2, five-inning victory in the final game.

Third-year catcher/designated player Amy McKean (Kent, Wash.) leads the Cavaliers with an impressive .407 batting average (24-59). She has 10 extra-base hits, including a career-best six home runs. McKean also leads the team with 21 RBI, 12 walks and a .780 slugging percentage. Third-year catcher/designated player Michelle Salmiery (San Jose, Calif.) is batting .284 (19-67) with nine RBI. In the circle, fourth-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla.) sports a 5-3 record with a 2.05 ERA.

Virginia leads the all-time series against Georgia Tech 30-15. Last season, UVa split a pair of games with the then 19th-ranked Yellow Jackets at The Park in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers lost the first game 3-0 and took the second 6-4. The 17th-ranked Yellow Jackets won the meeting between the two teams during the ACC Tournament 3-0.

The Yellow Jackets stand at 26-8 overall and 3-0 in the ACC. Georgia Tech opened ACC play last weekend by sweeping three games from Maryland. In their last outing on Wednesday (Mar. 22), the Jackets dropped a doubleheader to national power Texas, falling 1-0 and 5-3. Georgia Tech appears in the “others receiving votes” portion of the Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll as well as The USAToday/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll.

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