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Don’t let the 18-9 softball final score fool you - there was a part of this game that was very terrifying.

Cameron Stanford did not want to lose to Pittsburgh.
Georgia Tech Athletics/Danny Karnik

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Only a couple sports in action this weekend, but softball really came around in a needed way. Plus, the tennis regular season at Ken Byers is all but done for this spring after the women play their last two.


Softball

Tech wrapped up their road swing with a 7-0 drubbing of Kennesaw. Tricia Awald scored the first run at her own home field in the top of the first, and followed it up with scores in three more innings. The top three batters, Breanna Roper, Awald, and Crosby Huckabay, combined for 6 of Tech’s runs and 5 of the hits. The pitching staff spread five hits among the seven innings of play, and Tech looked back to form after a few weeks of spotty play.

They kept rolling into the weekend, hosting ACC cellar dweller Pittsburgh. The Panthers both came into and left Atlanta with a meager seven wins, only two of which have come in conference play. They will almost certainly be one of the two teams left out of the conference tournament in a month. However, Tech did their darnedest to give them at least one game, but to no avail. In each game, Tech’s bats did not heat up until they were well in the contest. In Friday’s game, Tech trailed until late, with all five runs coming in the fifth. In the early game Saturday, Tech and Pitt traded runs early, with Cameron Stanford knocking a ball into O’Keefe on a bounce to tie the game at one. With Tech trailing yet again, Bailee Zeitler laced a two run single to give Tech a lead it wouldn’t relinquish, ultimately winning 6-4. Though they would go on to win the second game by run rule, they seemed as if they were going to get run-ruled themselves, trailing by 9 after the top of the second. They would go on to score 18 unanswered runs, thankfully not losing a game to lowly Pitt. The series sweep would not have been possible without the massive 7 RBI, 4-5 (2B, 2 HRs) performance from Stanford, who had a legendary day and really is doing a fine job at the plate, as well as in the field. Of course, Zeitler, Skye Webb, and Kaylee Ellebracht had excellent days with the bat as well. All in all, a sweep is a sweep, but it sure didn’t look like that was what would happen at about 4:45 on Saturday.

This week: Tech heads to Athens and Louisville for four more games on the road.

No. 33 Women’s Tennis

Knotted at 3-3 late in the match on Sunday against North Carolina State, it was just a little out of reach when, despite vending off the guests’ two straight match points, Valeriya Deminova fell to the Wolfpack. This 4-3 loss was the second on the weekend for Tech, who also lost to a good North Carolina team earlier on Friday. Tech finished the season at 12-11 (7-7) heading into conference play. With a win or two, they should find themselves playing on into the NCAA tournament, but, unlike last year, they aren’t really in championship or bust mode. They have, however, seen some growth this year despite ranking as high at no. 4 last year.

This week: The Tech women’s tennis heads to North Carolina for the ACC Championship Tournament.

Men’s Tennis

Tech rallied to win a game this weekend, after falling on the road at No. 27 Notre Dame on Friday. They headed up to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College, and promptly left with a solid 5-2 victory. Tech clinched the no. 6 seed on the ACC tournament this weekend, playing Louisville in the first round.

This week: The Tech men’s tennis heads to North Carolina for the ACC Championship Tournament.


This Week on the Flats:

BOLD for home, REGULAR for away, ITALIC for time and location

Monday: OFF

Tuesday:
Baseball vs. Auburn
6:00 PM, The Rusty C, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1

Wednesday:
Men’s Tennis vs. TBA (ACC Championships)
TBA, Cary, NC

Women’s Tennis vs. Syracuse (ACC Championships)
2:30 PM, Cary, NC

Softball in Athens-Clarke County
7:00 PM, Athens, GA, SEC Network

Thursday:
Men’s Golf at ACC Championships
All day, New London, NC

Men’s Tennis vs. TBA (ACC Championships)
TBA, Cary, NC

Women’s Tennis vs. TBA (ACC Championships)
TBA, Cary, NC

Baseball at VPISU
6:00 PM, Blacksburg, VA, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1

Friday:
Men’s Golf at ACC Championships
All day, New London, NC

Men’s Tennis vs. TBA (ACC Championships)
TBA, Cary, NC

Women’s Tennis vs. TBA (ACC Championships)
TBA, Cary, NC

Track and Field hosts the Georgia Tech Invitational
11:00 AM, George Griffin Track

Baseball at VPISU
6:00 PM, Blacksburg, VA, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1

Softball at Louisville
6:00 PM, Louisville, KY, ACC Network Extra

Saturday:
Men’s Golf at ACC Championships
All day, New London, NC

Men’s Tennis vs. TBA (ACC Championships)
TBA, Cary, NC

Women’s Tennis vs. TBA (ACC Championships)
TBA, Cary, NC

Track and Field hosts the Georgia Tech Invitational
11:00 AM, George Griffin Track

Baseball at VPISU
1:00 PM, Blacksburg, VA, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1

Softball at Louisville
1:00 PM, Louisville, KY, ACC Network Extra

Sunday:
Men’s Tennis vs. TBA (ACC Championships)
TBA, Cary, NC

Women’s Tennis vs. TBA (ACC Championships)
TBA, Cary, NC

Softball at Louisville
1:00 PM, Louisville, KY, ACC Network Extra