Preview: Softball looks to extend winning streak in Madeira Beach Invitational

Amanda Arnold

The 11-4 Georgia Southern softball team will travel to Madeira Beach, Florida this weekend to compete in the 2019 Madeira Beach Invitational in hopes of extending their three game winning streak. The tournament consists of five games over the course of three days.

In the first game on Friday morning, GS will play Florida A&M. As 13 time MEAC champions, including four out of the last five years, the Rattlers have proven themselves to be strong competitors.

Immediately following that game, GS will play Florida International University, who hold a 9-5 record. Their team hosted a tournament at their home Felsburg Field last weekend and came out of it 3-2.

FIU has proven themselves to be strong defensively, behind senior pitcher Megan Kugelmann and junior shortstop Jessica Rivera. The Panthers finished 30-25 last year and are expected to have another strong season.

The following day, GS will play Boston College at 1:30 p.m. The BC Eagles have accumulated a 3-7 record going into the tournament. This fairly young team, with only four seniors, has been on the road for all ten games. All of their losses have been by four or more runs. There are high hopes for freshman Camryn Dolby, who previously struck out six batters against Michigan State.

In the next match at 6:30 p.m., GS will play St.John’s University. With a 4-5 record, the Thunderbirds are led by senior pitcher Madison Morris. She threw 135 strikeouts last season, which put her at fifth best in the Big East.

Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m., GS will play another New York team in Siena College to finish out this weekend of play. With only five games under their belt this season, they have earned a 2-3 record due to last week’s first round of the Madeira Beach Invitational.

Senior first baseman Madysen Cossack leads the team, slugging almost 63 percent last weekend.

This week against Furman, GS junior outfielder Shelby Wilson had two hits and a home run. She has risen her slugging percentage to 85 percent and leads the team on bat.

Unfortunately, this tournament cannot be streamed online but the team is looking to improve their current three game winning streak.

Amanda Arnold, The George-Anne Sports Reporter,