ATLANTA — Georgia State and Georgia Southern renew their in-state rivalry with a non-conference doubleheader on the softball diamond this Wednesday at the Heck Softball Complex. The first game is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. with Game Two set to follow at 6:00.
Georgia Southern (18-22) is the fifth-most common opponent for the Panther softball team, having played a doubleheader in 11 of the last 12 seasons. In 51 total games between the two programs, Georgia State has won 37 games, which is the fourth-most wins against a single opponent.
When playing at home this season, the Panthers have a 11-4 record, while the Eagles have a recorded a mark of 5-6 on the road in 2013.
Georgia State (24-14) played at the Eagles’ field in Statesboro last season when the teams split a doubleheader. Georgia State earned a win in the 1-0 before dropping the second game by a score of 4-1.
Brenna Morrissey hit an RBI single to score Carrie Williams for the only run in Game One. Morrissey also scored the Panthers’ lone run in the second contest when she came home from third on a passed ball.
Over the weekend, the Eagles lost a Southern Conference series at Chattanooga by losing the Saturday doubleheader. Southern avoided the sweep by capturing the third game with a 7-1 victory against the Mocs.
Similarly, Georgia State lost a conference road series after losing a pair of games at Towson this weekend. The Panthers’ lone victory against the Tigers came with a 5-2 win in Game Two.
Lauren Coleman hit a homerun each game of the series-opening doubleheader and both Callie Alford and Jessica Clifton homered in the Game Three loss. The Panthers have now hit a total of 36 homers in 2013.
Kaitlyn Medlam earned the win at Towson, her 12th of the season in her ninth complete game. Katie Worley suffered both losses against the Tigers, despite two strong outings. Both Panther pitchers have now thrown over 100 innings this season, with double-digit wins, two shutouts, a save, and at least 70 strikeouts.
In the most recent NCAA RPI poll, Georgia State was 49th out of 291 Division I teams. Meanwhile, Georgia Southern came in at 87th in the rankings. That places the Eagles as the top-ranked SoCon team, while the Panthers are the third-highest team in the CAA.