Eagles look to end losing streak against strong Maverick pitching core

Kaitlin Sells

The Eagles look to break their loss streak of nine games with upcoming series against UTA.

This’ll be the first time Georgia Southern will play at home after three long weeks of being on the road, and hopefully they’ll be able to use home field advantage to seal that win.

University of Texas-Arlington (20-18; 8-6)

UTA has a very similar record to the Eagles, being 20-18 for the season, but are coming off a big win against Big 12 team Oklahoma State.

The Mavericks bat an average .269 and have racked up 271 hits and 165 runs for the season.

Leading UTA is Krista Rude, batting a .337 average and having 31 hits and 21 runs. Following behind her is Sandra Mendoza who bats a .315 average and has notched 41 hits and 27 runs.

Another batter at the plate the Eagles need to watch out for is Reagan Wright how has totaled seven home runs for the season.

At the mound we can expect to see JoJo Valencia. Valencia has an ERA of 2.97 and has pitched 31 strikeouts so far this season.

Randi Phillips is also a threat on the mound as she has a 3.53 ERA and has thrown 36 strikeouts.

Georgia Southern (21-18; 6-9)

GS has been struggling these past few weeks as they have been unable to win a game since playing ULM in late March. But the Eagles look to end that streak of losses and extend their success against the Mavericks as they’ve the past two series against UTA.

As a team the Eagles bat an average of .276 and have had 298 hits and 163 runs total.

Leading the Eagles is junior Hannah Farrell, who bats an average .333 and has had 40 hits and 22 runs. Farrell also leads the team and is third in conference with eight homeruns for the season.

Following close behind Farrell is sophomore Mekhia Freeman batting a .330 average and has logged 36 hits and 16 runs for the Eagles.

Pitching lineups have not been announced, but we can probably expect to see freshman Rylee Waldrep on the mound. Waldrep has a 4.18 ERA and has thrown 49 strikeouts for the season.

We can also expect to see some action from senior Kierra Camp who has an ERA of 4.10 and has thrown 55 strikeouts for the season.

First pitch from Eagle Field is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. with game two following. Game three will take place at noon on Sunday.

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