Softball Preview: Georgia State
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW softball team continues its Colonial Athletic Association schedule this weekend as it entertains defending league champion Georgia State in a three-game series at Boseman Field.
The Seahawks and Panthers will begin their weekend series with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Friday before closing out the series Saturday with a single game starting at Noon. Live stats and free streaming audio will be available for all three games and can be accessed by clicking on the respective links at the top of the page.
The Seahawks (6-29; 1-5 CAA) are back home after being swept in a three-game league series at James Madison last weekend.
UNCW was led at the plate by senior Katie Houmard, sophomore Daniela Torres and freshman Jordan Critcher, who all finished with two hits apiece. Critcher, who hit her second home run of the season during the series, reached base in six of her nine plate appearances against the Dukes as she drew two walks and was hit by a pitch on two occasions.
The Panthers (25-11; 3-3 CAA) wrap up a week-long road swing with their visit to Wilmington after sweeping Furman, 2-0 and 7-2, in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday.
Freshman Lauren Coleman leads the Georgia State lineup with a .301 batting average while Callie Alford is tied for the league lead with 28 runs batted in. Alford also leads the team in extra-base hits (11), posting team-highs in doubles (6) and home runs (5) in 96 plate appearances this season.
Senior Alana Thomas, junior McCall Langford, sophomore Kaitlyn Medlam highlight a Panthers pitching staff that ranks second in the league in ERA (2.64). The trio has combined to record 158 strikeouts, 10 complete games and 10 shutouts in 214.1 innings pitched.
Georgia State holds a 22-5 edge in the all-time series. The Panthers have held the edge in the series of late, winning 13 of the last 14 matchups.
GSU swept last season's series against the Seahawks in Panthersville, Ga., posting victories of margins of 3-0, 4-1 and 4-1. The Seahawks last victory in the series came in 5-1 triumph at Boseman Field on March 28, 2010, the final game of a three-game league set.
UNCW opens an eight-game road swing next weekend with a three-game conference series at Towson. The Seahawks and Tigers will play a Noon doubleheader on April 14 before closing out the series with a 1 p.m. contest on April 15.