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Feb. 11





We narrowly fell in both of our games yesterday against No. 24 Cal and Illinois, who both had to rally to come back and win. The scores were 10-8 to the Bears, and 4-2 to the Illini. We hit four home runs on the day, including a grand slam by sophomore Katie Krzus.

  

After the games we went back to the hotel to quickly change before going on a bus tour of Old San Juan.



It was awesome to see all of the landmarks including a Holocaust memorial, the Capital Building, John the Baptist and San Felipe del Morro Fortress.

 (Replica of the Washington Monument)
   (Holocaust Memorial)


  (San Felipe del Morro)

 (John the Baptist across the street from the capital building)

 (Capital Building)

We got to explore Old San Juan on foot before getting back on the bus to head to the hotel.



We're taking on North Carolina and then headed back to the hotel for some rest before our flight back to Atlanta!


Feb. 10





On day two in Puerto Rico, we took on Illinois. It was a tough loss, but we have an opportunity on today (Saturday) with rematches against Cal and Illinois to grow and get better as a team.

 

Following the game, we went back to the hotel for a quick change of clothes and then made the hour bus trip to the Bioluminescent Bay in Farajado, Puerto Rico. It was a night-time kayaking tour of the bay to see the bioluminescent micro-organisms – it’s one of three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico and one of five of its kind in the WORLD.



We partnered up and got in our kayaks near the Parque La Juventud and paddled through the windy and narrow 2.5 mile canal to the Laguna Grande where the organisms live.

   

While in the bay, we got in a circle and, because the full moon was so bright, the tour team covered us in a tarp canopy so we could see the bioluminescence as we moved our hands in the water. It was truly an awesome experience to be under the full moon in the middle of the bay with so many stars in the sky and see these organisms!

 

 

We had to paddle back through the canal in almost pitch black darkness which was also an awesome, if not a little creepy!

We’re headed to Old San Juan tonight after our games, check back for more updates!

Feb. 9





Day one in Puerto Rico is in the books! 

After an uneventful flight last night, we got up this morning at our hotel just a three minute walk away from the beach. After breakfast we took a jog to the beach, to stretch and play Sharks and Minnows (Thanks to our strength coach, Sam)! 





The water was beautiful and almost teal in color. We went back to the hotel after the workout to prepare for our first game of the 2017 season at Donna Terry Stadium in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The outcome wasn't what we wanted, but we'll get back to work against Illinois on Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET!


 



Feb. 8
GT Game Notes 2017 Information Guide  
#SwarmSanJuan BlogTournament Central  
Georgia Tech vs. California
Thursday, Feb. 9 • 2 p.m. ET • Donna Terry Stadium
Live Stats  
vs. Illinois
Friday, Feb. 10 • 11:30 a.m. ET • Puerto Rican National Stadium
Live Stats 
 vs. California
Saturday, Feb. 11 • 9 a.m. ET • Donna Terry Stadium
Live Stats  
vs. Illinois
Saturday, Feb. 11 • 11:30 a.m. ET • Puerto Rican National Stadium
Live Stats 
vs. North Carolina
Sunday, Feb. 12 • 8 a.m. ET • Puerto Rican National Stadium
Live Stats 

THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech softball team opens its 2017 season Feb. 9-12 at the Puerto Rico Tournament hosted by Puerto Rico College Sports Tours. The Jackets will face California, Illinois and North Carolina for a total of five games. Live stats will be available for every game, and the tournament hosts intend to live stream all of the games depending on internet connectivity at the fields.

2016 Season Review
Georgia Tech finished with an overall record of 22-33, and 7-16 in ACC play. It marks a six-game improvement in Tech’s overall record from a year ago, and a one-game improvement in the ACC record from 2015.

Improved from 2015 in several categories:
ERA (4.90 to 4.21)
Hits (280 to 323)
Doubles (48 to 50)
Total bases (449 to 479)
Sacrifice hits (33 to 41)
Stolen bases/Attempts (24-29 to 45/55)

- Head Coach Shelly Hoerner earned her 500 career head-coaching victory on Feb. 27 against Southern Utah.

- Courtney Ziese was named to the All-ACC second team; marking her first All-ACC selection and the 15th consecutive year the Jackets have had an All-ACC honoree.

- Samantha Pierannunzi now holds the single-game record for at bats after tallying seven at bats at Syracuse (April 2).

- Emily Anderson has pitched the most innings in a single game in Georgia Tech history after throwing 12.2 innings at Syracuse (April 2).

- The Yellow Jackets broke the longest game record in school history. In Georgia Tech’s season-opener at Georgia State on Feb. 17, the Jackets and Panthers battled for 12 innings, tying the record. On April 2, Tech fell at Syracuse 8-7 in 13 innings to mark the longest game in school history.

- The Jackets played seven extra-inning games; five of which went to 10+ innings. It’s the most extra-inning games Tech has played in a single season since 2003 when the Jackets played nine extra-inning games.

2017 Preview
The Jackets return seven position starters that accounted for 68.5% of Tech’s run production and 65.9% of Tech’s hits from a season ago.

Tech returns both starting pitchers and adds depth in the circle with two freshmen - LHP Brooke Barfield, No. 22 on FloSoftball’s Hot 100 List in 2016, and RHP Lisa Higgins.

The Jackets add eight new faces to the field outside of the circle, including three catchers to spell sophomore catcher Kaylee Ellebracht, who caught all but three games a season ago.

Playing in Puerto Rico
The Yellow Jackets make their first trip to Puerto Rico in program history to open the 2017 season. It marks the first in-season trip outside of the continental United States for the program.

Against the Opponents
The Jackets are looking for their first win against California as the Bears lead the all-time series 3-0. The last time the two teams met was on Feb. 22, 2013 in Cathedral City, Calif. and the Bears won 8-0 (6).

Tech leads the all-time series against Illinois, 3-2. The Jackets last faced the Fighting Illini on Feb. 24, 2013 in Cathedral City, Calif. and Tech won 1-0.

The Jackets meeting with North Carolina is the 73rd meeting in a series that UNC narrowly leads 38-34. A win against the Tar Heels would be the first for Tech since April 12, 2014.

Keep up with the Yellow Jackets this season by following Georgia Tech Softball on Twitter at @GaTechSoftball, Instagram at @GaTechSoftball and liking Georgia Tech Softball on Facebook.