ATLANTA — The Georgia State softball team (4-4) travels to their first midweek game of the 2013 season to take on the Auburn Tigers (10-1) this Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Auburn, Ala.
The first pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. local time, or 5:00 p.m. ET. Please note that this game time was recently moved up an hour from the original listed time. Auburn plays their home games at Jane B. Moore Field, which has a capacity of 1,500.
The Tigers hold a 9-4 edge in the all-time series played between the two teams. This will mark the ninth consecutive season that the teams have faced one another, dating back to 2005.
In the most recent meeting, No. 24 Auburn visited Panthersville and beat Georgia State by a score of 9-1 in five innings. The game was one of only four times that GSU was run-ruled last season.
The last time the Panthers traveled to Auburn was during the 2011 season, when GSU dropped a close contest 4-2 in Roger Kincaid’s first game as head coach. Georgia State’s most recent victory over the Tigers came the season prior in 2010, with a 6-5 win in Panthersville.
After opening the season with a 1-3 record at the Bulldog Kickoff Classic, Georgia State has climbed back to .500 with a 3-1 weekend at the Panther Invitational, which GSU hosted. The Panthers scored 48 runs and hit 11 home runs over the four-game stretch.
Six of those homers came off the bat of senior Paige Nowacki, who also had 14 RBI during the weekend. The senior sets new school records for most home runs in a four game stretch, most home runs in a tournament and ties the school record for most multi-home run games in a season.
Nowacki now has 26 home runs on her career, which is third-best all-time in school history. Nowacki is slugging a gaudy 1.040 on the season.
Callie Alford added three homers of her own during the tournament. The Panthers’ catcher is second on the team in batting average with .407, right behind fellow sophomore Lauren Coleman at .409.
The Panthers also stole nine bases during the Panther Invitational and remain a perfect 19-of-19 in base swipes so far this season. Ashley Christy leads the team with four stolen bases, while both Audrey Mason and Taylor Anderson have three each.
Kaitlyn Medlam (3-2) picked up two wins in the circle for the Panthers and leads the team with a 3.03 ERA. Freshman Katie Worley (1-1) also earned the first victory of her collegiate career against Northern Kentucky.
Auburn has played all 11 contests of the season at home after hosting the Plainsman Invitational and the Tiger Invitational in consecutive weekends. Their only loss of the year came against Chattanooga 6-4 in seven innings.