Lady Jackets Softball Sweep Hoos

The Lady Jackets continue their domination of ACC softball with a three game sweep of Virginia. The win moved their record to 11-1 in the conference and they finished the weekend in first with a three game lead in the standings.

The three game series figured to be a competitive one with Virginia entering the series even in the loss column and the Lady Jackets coming off a heartbreaking loss to Georgia in their last game. "It's always a disappointment to lose to UGA," said Jen Yee. "It's always disappointing but we do get a shot at them next week."

Yee led the way as Tech swept a doubleheader on Saturday. She was 4 for 5 with 2 homeruns and was on base 7 of 8 times. "She is probably the most amazing hitter I've ever seen," said Coach Sharon Perkins. "She always puts you right back in the game if you're down and out and I'm a little shocked that they pitched to her in that situation." Yee and Kristine Priebe led the way as the Lady Jackets rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 5-3 winning clinching their 14th straight ACC series.

With Tech trailing by a run in game two of the doubleheader Yee led off the inning with a homerun to tie the game. Three batters later Priebe hit a shot to win the game. The walk-off homer was her second in consecutive weekends. Priebe knew that with Hope Rush up after her that she didn't need to hit the long ball. "I just wanted a base hit in there somewhere so that Kelsi (Weisman) could score."

Priebe and her teammates got some satisfaction in the way the game ended after what happened earlier in the week. "We needed to win and we need to win tomorrow too," said Priebe. "Coming back from Wednesday we needed today."

The Lady Jackets have made good use of their deep pitching staff and Saturday was an example of that Hope Rush was strong in the opener going the distance in the 5-2 win. The second game of the doubleheader saw the Lady Jackets go to the bullpen with Jessica Coan picking up the win with two strong innings in relief. Kristin Atkins was cruising along for five innings getting Virginia to hit the ball into the ground but then had control problems in the sixth. "Kristin hasn't thrown a lot lately so for her to come in and throw that many innings and that many innings was a big deal," said Perkins. "I was very proud of her.

It was important to see Hope Rush bounce back in the first game. "I didn't think she had her best stuff at all on Wednesday," said Perkins. "I think she did pitch a better game today but not her best stuff still."

The ladies completed the sweep on Sunday with a six inning 8-0 win. Priebe continued her hot hitting with another home run and Kate Kuzma also hit one out. "We came out ready expecting what we saw yesterday," said Perkins.

Jessica Coan got the start and picked up her second win of the series with a complete game performance. "She threw very well, said Perkins. "It was the first time that she's had to throw that much in a long time." I was definitely hitting my spots and hitting where the coach called it," said Coan. "Kate behind the plate did a good job of framing the ball and giving me a good target." Virginia seems to bring out the best in Coan going back to last season. "I don't think it's anything about Virginia," said Coan. "I've been working hard lately and throwing my bullpens and getting back in my groove."

Coan and the rest of the staff will get a test this week with a doubleheader on Tuesday against Georgia Southern, a single game Wednesday against Kennesaw State and then they return for a three game ACC series against Boston College starting with a doubleheader on Saturday.


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