ATLANTA — Winners of 12 of their last 14 games, the Georgia State softball team takes on Kennesaw State and Chattanooga this week in a pair of non-conference games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Panthers (18-9) host Kennesaw State on March 26 at 5:00 pm at the Robert E. Heck Softball Complex before traveling to Chattanooga, Tenn. March 27 to play at 5:00 pm against the Mocs’ at Frost Field.
GSU has played Kennesaw State 25 times, winning 10 of these contests against the Owls. Last season, the two teams split a doubleheader at KSU’s Bailey Park. The Panthers won the first game 3-1 before losing the next game by the same score.
The two teams will face off again later this season when GSU travels to Kennesaw on April 2. The Panthers also participated in Kennesaw State’s Phyllis Rafter Memorial tournament earlier in the season.
The Owls (23-5) are fresh off a conference sweep of Northern Kentucky, who the Panthers also beat 8-1 this season during the Panther Invitational tournament.
In 14 games played against Chattanooga, the Panthers have beaten the Mocs six times. The last time the two teams saw one another was in 2012 when GSU won 5-1 at the Panther Invitational.
The Mocs (18-15) won two out of three games in a conference series against Appalachian State at home. Chattanooga dropped the final game against the Mountaineers 5-1.
GSU went 4-1 last week including a three game sweep over George Mason to start the CAA schedule. The Panthers’ only lost on the week came at No. 4/6 Alabama.
The Panthers outscored George Mason 14-5 and compiled 24 hits over the three games. GSU is now 28-7 against Mason all-time, which is the fifth-best winning percentage against a single opponent in program history.
Kaitlyn Medlam threw two complete games against the Patriots and improved her record to 9-3 in the circle. With 33 wins in her career, the junior is now 10th in GSU history in victories as well as ninth all-time in strikeouts with 239.
With three home runs during the week, Paige Nowacki stands only one homer away from tying the all-time school record of 32. The senior leads the team with 11 home runs this season, already fourth-best for a single season in Georgia State history.
After the three games this week, Georgia State travels to Hempstead, N.Y. to take on CAA rival Hofstra for a three-game weekend series on March 29-30. The Panthers and the Pride have met in the conference championship finals the past three seasons.