ATLANTA — Due to inclement weather, there have been several changes made to the Phyllis Rafter Memorial softball tournament, including the relocation of a number of games to the Heck Softball Complex in Panthersville.
The tournament was originally scheduled from Feb. 22-24 in Woodstock, Ga. Expected rain has caused tournament officials to cancel all games on Friday and split the remaining games between Georgia State’s field and that of host school Kennesaw State.
The Panthers (5-4) are now scheduled to face Akron, North Carolina State, Northern Colorado and Troy.
Troy is one of Georgia State’s most common opponents, having faced the Panthers 40 times over 28 seasons. The Trojans lead the all-time series 31-9, including a 5-3 victory to open the 2013 season.
Against North Carolina State, the Panthers have won one game and lost one game. The Wolfpack won the most recent meeting between the two teams in 2008. Akron and Northern Colorado are entirely new opponents for Georgia State in softball.
The Panthers enter the tournament with a modest three game winning streak, including an impressive road victory over Auburn Wednesday. Georgia State won 4-1 in Auburn, only the second time the Panthers have won at Jane B. Moore Field in program history.
At the Phyllis Rafter Memorial tournament last season, the Panthers earned a 4-1 record. After opening with a 5-2 loss to Eastern Kentucky, GSU then reeled off four consecutive wins against Southeastern Louisiana, Central Arkansas, Campbell and Robert Morris.
The Central Arkansas game was won on a walk-off homerun by Brenna Morrissey and McCall Langford came two outs away from a perfect game against Robert Morris. The Panthers also came back from a four run-deficit to win the game over Campbell.
Georgia State has been effective on the base paths thus far this season, stealing 21 bases in 21 attempts. Ten different players have stolen at least one base for the Panthers. Ashley Christy leads the team with four.
Paige Nowacki is still tracking down the school home run record and is only six long balls shy of tying the record of 32. The senior is currently third in the GSU record books with 26 and leads the team with six on the season.
Kaitlyn Medlam leads the team with a 4-2 record in the circle to go with a 2.65 ERA. Medlam pitched her second complete game of the season on Wednesday against Auburn to get the win over the Tigers.
Please keep in mind that this schedule could continue to change as needed based on weather. Check back on GeorgiaStateSports.com for any further updates or alterations to the tournament.
2013 Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament
Saturday, Feb. 23
10:00 am Akron vs. Northern Colorado
12:00 pm Northern Colorado vs. Georgia State
2:00 pm Georgia State vs. Akron
4:00 pm Troy vs. North Carolina State
Sunday, Feb. 24
10:00 am Troy vs. Akron
12:00 pm Northern Colorado vs. North Carolina State
2:00 pm North Carolina State vs. Georgia State
4:00 pm Georgia State vs. Troy