Virginia Plays Host to No. 22 Georgia Tech in Final Home Series
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -The Virginia softball team(21-23, 4-10 ACC) will play host to No. 22 Georgia Tech in its final home series of the 2011 campaign. The Cavaliers and Yellow Jackets are set for a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Friday and will conclude the series with a 12 p.m. contest Saturday at The Park. Live statistics for all three games will be available on VirginiaSports.com.
A free tailgate will be held Friday in between the two games, with Domino’s pizza and Pepsi products available while supplies last.
On Saturday, the three members of Virginia’s senior class – captains Cynthia Javaras, Lauren McCaskey and Alison Pittman – will be honored prior to the game as they play for the final time at The Park. There will also be free face painting and a postgame candy dash.
The Cavaliers are coming off their first ACC series win of the season after outlasting Virginia Tech at home last weekend. Virginia came back to beat Tech 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning of game three to win the series two games to one.
Leading the UVa offense this season are freshman Stephanie Harris and junior Giannina Cipolloni. For the season, Harris has a .339 batting average and 26 RBI, while Cipolloni upped her average to .319 and has a squad-best 27 steals. Along with Harris, freshman Marcy Bowdren also has 26 RBI in addition to 10 doubles and five home runs.
Sophomore pitcher Melanie Mitchell has a 3.31 ERA with 204 strikeouts in 173 2/3 innings of work in the circle.
No. 22 Georgia Tech (37-8, 11-1 ACC) is coming off a three-game sweep over North Carolina at home last weekend.
Leading the Yellow Jacket offense is junior Kelsi Weseman, who posts a .426 batting average, 51 RBI and 18 home runs, all of which pace the ACC. Teammate Kristine Priebe contributes a .348 batting average, 38 RBI and 10 home runs.
In the circle, senior pitcher Kristen Adkins (17-5, 1.49 ERA) has struck out 116 batters in 32 appearances (136 1/3 innings) for Georgia Tech this season.
Virginia leads the all-time series with Georgia Tech, 33-29. A year ago, the Yellow Jackets earned a sweep in Atlanta, 5-2, 5-3 and 9-8.