ATLANTA – Georgia State’s softball team begins its 2018 season Friday at the Wilson DeMarini Tournament in Tampa, Fla. The Panthers are picked to finish third in the Sun Belt in the preseason coaches’ poll.
Georgia State returns 16
Juniors Reagan Morgan and Remington Hasty each started more than 52 games last season for GSU. Add seniors Cassidy Faulk, Megan Litumbe
After losing starters Kensey Caldwell and Mandy Blackwell to graduation last spring, Kincaid will have some new faces in the infield. Sophomore Kirsten McMonigle returns after starting 52 games at shortstop in 2017. Baylee Sexton and Kirstin Hawkins started a combined 53 games at third base and Taylor Bradley played 19 games last year at second base. Caitlin Ray redshirted last season but is ready to contribute in 2018.
Ivie Drake was named preseason All-Sun Belt as she heads into her final year with the Panthers. Drake ranks second in career home runs, fourth in RBI, second in runs scored, third in walks and sixth in hits in the GSU record book. Arden Jobe made 22 appearances for GSU in 2017.
Kinsley Jennings was the 2017 Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year after leading GSU with an 18-11 record and a 3.34 ERA. Mandy Chance went 10-7 with a 3.72 ERA and Emily Soles held a 3.87 ERA as a freshman last year.
Transfers: Mallory Parson
Mallory Parson is a transfer from Georgia Military and could make an immediate impact in the circle for GSU in 2018. Alyssa Brumelow is a catcher who hit .433 as a senior last year at North Paulding HS. Skylar Mosel can play both infield and outfield. She played shortstop at Union Grove HS and hit .456 last season. Alyssa Ward is an outfielder from Rocky Face, Ga. She was named all-region and all-state her senior year at Northwest Whitfield.
The Panthers have a challenging schedule to start the 2018 season, playing six games against ranked teams in the first three weeks. GSU’s season opener will be against No. 18 Michigan at the Wilson DeMarini Tournament in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 9. GSU will also face No. 2 Florida, No. 13 Auburn, No. 11 Alabama (twice) and No. 9 Florida State.
GSU’s home opener is Feb. 14 against Georgia Tech. The Panthers will play 25 games at the Heck Softball Complex in 2018.
Georgia State will begin Sun Belt play March 10 against the preseason favorites Texas State. That three-game series will take place at the Heck Softball Complex. GSU will also host rival Georgia Southern this season as the Eagles come to town May 4-5 to close out the regular season. Another big home series for the Panthers will be April 4-8 against No. 22 Louisiana.
Audio streams are free online through GeorgiaStateSports.com and through the GSU Athletics mobile app.
Pricing and packages for the live video streams can be found here.
2/14 – Georgia Tech – Live Audio
3/2 – Game 1 vs. UCONN (DH) – Live Audio
3/10 – Texas State (DH) – Live Video
3/11 – Texas State – Live Audio
3/21 – Mercer – Live Video
3/28 – at Georgia Tech – Live Audio
3/30 – Troy – Live Audio
3/31 – Troy (DH) – Live Video
4/7 – Louisiana (DH) – Live Audio
4/8 – Louisiana – Live Video
4/18 – Kennesaw State – Live Audio
4/21 – Coastal Carolina (DH) – Live Video
4/22 – Coastal Carolina – Live Audio
5/4 – Georgia Southern – Live Audio
5/5 – Georgia Southern (DH) – Live Video