Paladins await Eagles’ return home

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Katie Tolbert

 

The Georgia Southern University softball team (put in record after Wed game) will return back home to play a three-game weekend series against Southern Conference foe Furman University (15-13).

Over spring break and returning from the break, the Eagles were entirely on the road, playing nine away games. Tomorrow will be the Eagles’ first home game back since the beginning of March, and out of the Paladins’ last 14 games only their last two games have been on the road.

Furman has won five consecutive games coming into this weekend, while the Eagles lost seven out of their last eight games over the break. Although the Eagles hit a rough patch this past week, returning home might be the fuel to their fire to get some runs on the board against the Paladins.

The Eagles overpower the Paladins in the circle in several different areas. Junior pitcher Sarah Purvis has more strikeouts this season than both of the Paladins main pitchers combined. Also, the Eagles allow a significantly lower number of hits than the Furman pitchers do.

Both of these teams have faced some of the same opponents this season. GSU and Furman both lost to Kennesaw State University, the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston, but GSU does have one win over CofC that Furman does not have.

The Paladins are a strong team behind the plate with high numbers in hits and runs, but GSU’s recent games against powerhouse schools such as Florida State University and Louisiana State University could give the Eagles the upper hand in this home weekend series.

The Eagles will begin the series tomorrow at 4 p.m., and then they will play a double header on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.