What you need to know:
* GSU and Appalachian State will play a three-game set beginning on Saturday, April 11 at 1 p.m.
* Saturday is #PantherFamily Day at Panthersville with four different Georgia State squads in action.
* April 11 is also the Panthers’ Strikeout Cancer pink game. GSU will be raising money for cancer research.
* Georgia State has blasted a single-season program record 69 homers this year and will look to add to that total at home this weekend.
ATLANTA – After blasting a program record six homers in the Panthers 12-4 win at Kennesaw State, the Georgia State softball team now shifts its focus to a three-game conference series against new Sun-Belt foe Appalachian State at home this weekend.
The Panthers and Mountaineers open the series with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 11 at 1 p.m. The series then concludes Sunday, April 12 at 12 p.m. and all three games will be played at the Robert E. Heck Softball Complex.
Saturday is the team’s annual pink game as GSU partners with Play4theCure to help strikeout cancer. Admission is free, “Panthers for the Cure” tee shirts will be sold and there will be a silent auction to help raise money for breast cancer research and support programs. Fans who are unable to attend the Strikeout Cancer game on Saturday can donate online here to help support cancer research as Georgia State Softball tries to reach its goal of $1,000 raised.
GSU is 26-15 overall and 5-7 in the Sun Belt. Georgia State has won three straight after sweeping a doubleheader against Tennessee Tech on Tuesday, April 7 before defeating Kennesaw State on Wednesday, April 8. In three midweek games, the Panthers scored 35 runs and hit 11 homers, five doubles and two triples.
Georgia State is led by Ivie Drake and Megan Litumbe. Drake leads the conference in batting average, on-base percentage and RBI. She is also second in slugging percentage, third in doubles and fourth in home runs. Litumbe is second in the Sun Belt with a team-high 16 homers this season. She is one shy of tying the GSU single-season record (17) set by Catherine Lee in 2008.
Appalachian State is 9-24 this season and 0-15 in conference play. The Mountaineers have dropped their last 11 including a three-game Sun-Belt series at home against fellow conference newcomer Georgia Southern last time out. The Eagles took both games of a doubleheader on Friday, April 3 by a combined score of 23-8. Appalachian State then fell in the series finale 11-6.
This series will be the ninth, 10th and 11th all-time meetings between the two teams. Georgia State holds a 6-2 edge in the series that dates back to the Panthers’ first season of competition in 1984. GSU has won each of the past three match-ups and four of the past five overall. This will be the first game between the sides since Feb. 20, 2011 at Bob Heck Field.