Preview: Softball looks to snap losing streak with four-game week

Kaitlin Sells

After coming off a series sweep by Texas State, the Georgia Southern softball team will have ample opportunity to snap their three-game loss streak as they take on a four-game week.

Georgia Southern (19-24, 5-15)

These next few contests will be crucial to the Eagles, as the results will affect whether or not they could make it into the playoffs. GS has fallen short on conference play, only showing for five wins and 15 losses.

As a team, GS is batting an average of .285, while senior infielder Hannah Farrell leads the Eagles with her .403 batting average. Farrell has logged 19 runs, 52 hits and four home runs off her 129 at-bats on the season.

Pitching-wise we can expect to see sophomore pitcher Rylee Waldrep on the mound at some point over the course of the busy week. The sophomore has logged an ERA of 3.99 off her 94.2 innings pitched. Waldrep has allowed for 114 hits and 68 runs while striking out 37 batters.

Kennesaw State (25-24, 10-8)

The KSU owls will be the first that GS will play during their busy week. KSU is coming off a series loss to North Alabama while looking at a one-game loss streak.

As a team, the Owls show for a batting average of .274 while being dangerous on the home runs- logging 28 on the season. Leading KSU on the bats is senior utility player Kira Czyrklis, who has logged a .356 batting average on the season while notching 15 runs, 37 hits and two home runs off her 104 at-bats.

During the course of the match, the Eagles should prepare for senior pitcher Hailey Andrews who has logged an impressive ERA of 1.89 during her 192.2 total innings pitched. The senior has only allowed 157 hits and 73 runs while striking out 207 batters on the season.

The match is slated for 5 p.m. on Wednesday in Statesboro.

University of South Alabama (15-28, 5-17)

The USA Jaguars have been struggling on the season conference wise, only logging five wins as well as coming off a recent conference series loss to ULM.

The Jaguars will be facing first McNeese State in Mobile, Alabama Wednesday before taking on the Eagles in their three-game weekend series.

While their record may indicate they’ve been struggling, statistically USA has showed to be impressive. The Jaguars log a team batting average of .290 while showing for 48 home runs on the season as well as notching 218 runs and 335 hits. Junior outfielder Brittani Reid leads the Jaguars with her .372 batting average after notching 35 runs, 51 hits and six home runs off her 137 at-bats on the season.

Pitching-wise the Eagles should prepare to see senior pitcher Alexis Reid on the mound at some during weekend series play. The has senior logged an ERA of 3.78 off her 161.1 innings pitched. Reid has allowed for 125 runs and 189 hits while striking out 77 batters.

The weekend series will be taking place in Mobile, Alabama and will go from Friday through Sunday. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. Friday.

Kaitlin Sells, The George-Anne Sports Editor, gasports@georgiasouthern.