The Virginia Tech softball team will continue its home slate this weekend against Georgia Tech in a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.
The Hokies come into ther series following a sweep of UNC Greensboro on Tuesday, but also having lost their home opener to North Carolina State and dropping two of three games against UNC last weekend.
“I think we need to come ready to play next weekend,” said senior pitcher Jasmin Harrell. “We need to have confidence and roll off of our big win against UNCG.”
While the Hokies are more than halfway through their season schedule, this will only be their third series played at home. The team has been plagued by cancelled games, mainly due to weather.
Its series against NC State was cut short due to weather, and its game against Kent State on March 26 was also cancelled.
“It has been very frustrating having so many games cancelled because I think that you can especially use the midweek home games to keep momentum and things sharp heading into the weekend,” said Scot Thomas, head coach. “Hopefully, we can use our midweek wins against UNCG to keep our momentum into this weekend against Georgia Tech.”
The Yellow Jackets are the reigning ACC Champions and currently have a 4-2 conference record; they are ranked second in the ACC.
In last year’s ACC championship game, Georgia Tech beat the Hokies 9-1. While Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech have always been ACC foes, falling to the Yellow Jackets in the championship puts extra emphasis on this game.
“We are obviously hungry for a win against Georgia Tech just to prove to ourselves that we can beat them,” said Courtney Liddle. “Georgia Tech is always a really good team, and we always bring it when we are playing against them.”
The Yellow Jackets have a reputation for being a hard-hitting team, which is something the Hokies will have to look to control by playing stiff defense. Alysha Rudnick, a catcher and third baseman for Georgia Tech, was named ACC player of the week last week for her incredible performance on the plate. She batted .750, going 9-for-12 over four games the previous week.
“Georgia Tech can hit the ball well, and they always put runs on the board, so we need to continue playing good defense,” Thomas said. “We just need to do what we are capable of doing and get back to playing with the same grittiness that we were playing with a couple weeks ago.”
Virginia Tech’s doubleheader starts at noon on Saturday.