Preview: Softball to take on another conference opponent in three-game weekend series at home

Kaitlin Sells

After splitting a busy four game week of play 2-2, the Eagle softball team will be back in action with a three-game weekend series against conference opponent, Texas State.

Georgia Southern (19-21, 5-12)

The Eagles have shown for a semi impressive season so far, almost splitting their overall record at 19-21, but falling short on conference play- showing for a 5-12 record.

The Eagles are coming off a win over Troy, who they played in a three game series the previous weekend. This win was the only of the series and helped the Eagles avoid a weekend sweep to the Trojans.

As a team, GS is showing for a .271 average on the bats after collecting 185 runs, 286 hits and 40 home runs on the season. Leading the Eagles is senior infielder Hannah Farrell, who is batting an impressive average of .392 while showing a slugging percentage of .567. Farrell has collected four home runs on the season as well as 19 runs and 47 hits.

Pitching wise we can expect to see freshman Ashleigh Morton on the mound at some point during the weekend as she’s more than proven herself this season so far. The freshman from Macon, Georgia has pitched for 60.1 totaling innings and shows for an ERA of 3.83. Morton has only allowed 76 hits and 47 runs while throwing for 21 strikeouts.

Texas State (22-19, 10-7)

The TXST Bobcats have shown for an impressive conference season so far, going 10-7, but have fallen onto a two game losing streak- something the Eagles can look to take advantage of.

The Bobcats are coming off a series loss to Coastal Carolina, where they won the first game of the series 5-3, but fell in the following two games- ceding the series win to the Chanticleers.

As a team, the Bobcats are batting an average of .258 while showing a .369 slugging percentage. Team leader junior outfielder Christiana McDowell is batting an average of .389- majorly boosting the Bobcats’ statistics with her 32 runs, 49 hits and three home runs off her 126 at-bats.

The Eagles should prepare to see sophomore pitcher Meagan King on the mound at some point during the weekend series, as she’s pitched 121.2 total innings for the Bobcats, logging a 3.34 ERA. King has thrown for 66 strikeouts while only allowing 65 runs.

Series play will open at Eagle Field with game one on Thursday at 6 p.m.

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