By Raj Sivasubramanian
Finally in the win column
Georgia Tech's softball team finished its season last weekend with a pair of losses at the Louisvile Slugger Rebel Invitational Tournament in Oxford, Mississippi.
The Lady Jackets faced Louisiana Tech in the first game and fell behind early, trailing 8-1 after four innings. However, the team refused to give up and started a rally sparked by shortstop Laura Williams, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. The Lady Jackets managed to get five runs back and had the tying run on second in the seventh. However, they stranded the runner and fell 8-6 to the Bulldogs.
The Lady Jackets then faced tournament host Ole Miss, and they jumped up 1-0 in the third thanks to an Ole Miss error. But Ole Miss tied the score in the fourth and then took the lead for good with a two-run homer in the seventh, on the way to 3-1 victory over the Lady Jackets.
The losses gave the Lady Jackets a record of 22-34 for the season and brought an end to a very disappointing month in which the team tailspinned into a 3-16 record.
The Lady Jackets were 19-18 on April 1 and had hopes of a promising season. However, the final month slump, which was lowlighted by a nine-game losing streak, brought a surprising and disappointing end to these hopes.
However, there were still plenty of positives from this season, as a couple of Lady Jackets landed postseason Atlantic Coast Conference awards. Williams, the senior team captain, was named ACC Player of the Year, becoming the first Yellow Jacket to garner this award. She is ranked eighth in the nation with a school record .474 batting average.
Williams also broke Tech single season records with 83 hits and a .594 slugging percentage. Williams also nabbed all-ACC honors for the fourth straight year, becoming the first player in conference history to accomplish that feat.
Joining Williams on the all-ACC team is third baseman Lauren Webb, who hit .347 and led the team with 31 RBI. She also set a single season Tech record with 14 doubles.
Also grabbing an ACC award was freshman catcher Anne Knobbe who was named ACC Rookie of the Year. Knobbe batted .319 with 25 RBI and led the conference with four home runs. One of those home runs was a grand slam, which was part of a nine-game hitting streak in the middle of the season.
Knobbe also shined in the field, throwing out 22 runners attempting to steal. She became the third Jacket to win Rookie of the Year, joining Stepanie Weitman in 1992 and Williams in 1994.
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