Georgia Tech Softball

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GT Softball ACC Champs![1]

Softball at Georgia Tech has come a long way since it's start in 1987 In the recent past Georgia Tech has made strides to become a competitive team in the NCAA. The Lady Jackets have earned ACC Championships, entrees into the NCAA tournament, as well as National rankings all in the last five years. In 2007, Sharon Perkins was named the head coach of the Lady Yellow Jackets. Under her, the team has won two ACC Championships; she also guided the team to it's farthest finish in the NCAA Tournament: A Super Regional against the eventual National Champions Washington. Many Lady Jackets have received recognition in the ACC and some on a larger scale in the NCAA[2].





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Facilities

Mewborn Field[3]


The Georgia Tech Lady Jackets play at Shirley Clements Mewborn Field located on Fowler Street and the corner of 8th Street. The facility opened up in March of 2009 for the beginning of the Yellow Jacket's 2009 season. The stadium seats 1,500 fans and has a background of the Atlanta skyline from the stands. The stadium cost just under 5 million to build and has many great amenities including a high tech drainage system, box seats, and envirnmently friendly products, Just past the home side dugout, near left field, sits an indoor hitting building as well. It has dirt in it so it can be used for hitting, pitching or infield work[4].






2009 Season

Georgia Tech had an impressive 2009 season. Their final record was 46-15, with an ACC record of 17-3 (not including the ACC championships where they went 3-0). In post season, they made it to the Super Regionals, the final 16, where they lost to the eventual National Champions the Washington Huskies. The team was led by three key seniors: Whitney Haller (1B), Blair Shimandle (CF), and Tiffany Johnson (P/IF). A few other key players include Jen Yee (2B), Kelsi Weseman (SS), and Christy Jones (LF). The team was known for their powerful offense typically outscoring their opponent by a margin of 3 to 1. The leading sluggers were Jen Yee who had a batting average of .415 with 16 homeruns and Kelsi Weseman who had a .406 batting average and 9 homeruns. Whitney Haller led the team with 55 RBI's (Runs Batted In). The pitching staff was also effective on defense. Tiffany Johnson, Kristen Adkins, and Jessica Coan had a 2.15 ERA (Earned Run Average) compared to opposing teams 5.39 ERA. Adkins started pitching most of the games, but Coan was an effective closer for the Lady Jackets. Adkins was a drop ball pitcher while both Johnson and Coan were rise ball pitchers; they offset each other nicely. The team ended with a 13th place ranking in the Softball Today polls and the ESPN polls. That was their highest ranking until the following season where they earned a 6th place ranking in the nation[5].

Individual Accomplishments

First team All-ACC[6] :

Whitney Haller (SR)

Kelsi Weseman (FR)

Jen Yee (JR)

Second team All-ACC:

Kristen Adkins (SO)

Tiffany Johnson (SR)

Blair Shimandle (SR)

Others

Kristen Adkins-ACC Tournament MVP [7]

Kelsi Weseman-ACC Freshman of the Year, ACC All-Tournament Team, ACC All-Academic Team[8]

Christy Jones-ACC All-Academic Team[9]

Whitney Haller-ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year [10]

References

  1. The ACC. (28 November 2010).The ACC. Retrieved November 28, 2010 from http://www.theacc.com/championships/09-softball-championship.html
  2. Georgia Tech Softball. (28 November 2010). In Georgia Tech Official Athletics. Retrieved November 28, 2010 from http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/geot/sports/w-softbl/auto_pdf/2010QuickFacts.pdf
  3. Georgia Tech Softball. (28 November 2010).In Barton Malow. Retrieved November 28, 2010 from http://www.bartonmalow.com/offices/atlanta/gatech.htm
  4. Georgia Tech Softball. (28 November 2010). In Georgia Tech Official Athletics. Retrieved November 28, 2010 from http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/031109aab.html
  5. Georgia Tech Softball. (28 November 2010). In Georgia Tech Official Athletics. Retrieved November 28, 2010 from http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/geot/sports/w-softbl/auto_pdf/2010QuickFacts.pdf
  6. ACC Announces 2009 Softball Awards. (29 November 2010). The ACC. Retrieved November 98, 2010 from http://www.theacc.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/050709aac.html
  7. Georgia Tech Softball. (29 November 2010). Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site. Retrieved November 29, 2010 from http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/mtt/adkins_kristen00.html
  8. Georgia Tech Softball. (29 November 2010). Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site. Retrieved November 29, 2010 from http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/mtt/weseman_kelsi00.html
  9. Georgia Tech Softball. (29 November 2010). Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site. Retrieved November 29, 2010 from http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/mtt/jones_christy00.html
  10. Georgia Tech Softball. (29 November 2010). Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site. Retrieved November 29, 2010 from http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/geot-w-softbl-spec-rel.html
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