It should be the Jasmin versus Hope show (short game preview).
#3 Georgia Tech (34-21, 12-8 Conf) versus #4 Virginia Tech (40-18, 12-8)
GT is led by 2-time ACC Player of the year Kelsi Weseman. Weseman became the third player in league history to repeat as Player of the Year. She has been named to the All-ACC First Team in each of her four seasons. The 2009 Freshman of the Year tied for the league-lead with 12 home runs, and ranks atop the ACC in conference play in slugging percentage (.889), on-base percentage (.653), and runs scored (23).
The Yellow Jackets were second in the ACC in home runs and two more players, Alysh Rudnik and Shannon Bear each blasted 9 dingers this year. As a team, GT batted .266 for the season compared to .247 for the Hokies.
Another GT player who made the All-Conference Team is Junior pitcher/designated player Hope Rush. Rush has been a workhorse in the circle for GT, pitching 232 innings, compliling a 24-12 record, an ERA of 2.08 and 142 strikeouts. Rush also is a weapon on the offensive side, carrying a .307 batting average and being tied for second in the league in home runs with 11.
Her counterpart on the VT side is Junior Jasmin Harrell, who has been on a roll recently. Harrell has pitched 257 innings, has complied a 29-13 record, an ERA of 1.82 and has 215 strikeouts.
Before we conclude that VT has the pitching edge in this game, let's consider the last series between the Techs in Atlanta (April 28 and 29). In that 3 game series, Rush won 2 games for the Jackets, pitched 2 complete games (14 innings), gave up ZERO runs, 8 hits, and struck out 9. Harrell on the other hand, went 1-2, pitched 16 innings and gave up 6 earned runs (along with 5 more unearned ones).
However, in the last UNC series played before today, Tar Heel pitcher Lori Spingola dominated the Hokies in a similar fashion, giving up zero earned runs as well. The Hokies lit her up today in the semi-final win.
Tomorrow marks the 4th ACC title appearance in VT's 8 years in the ACC. Let's hope that by tomorrow night, we'll be 3-1 in those title games.
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