Softball Finds Success in the Sunshine State

McClain Baxley

The softball team went on the road this weekend for another tournament, this time in Kissimmee, Florida in the Citrus Classic. The Eagles produced a 3-2 record in this series.

The weekend began Friday night in a defensive battle against Elon. It was another impressive outing from sophomore pitcher Dixie Raley, who allowed only two hits with 10 strikeouts in eight innings. Elon’s Kenna Quinn also was having a perfect day until the eighth inning, where senior outfielder Emily Snider hit a three-run homerun which would be the only runs for either team.

After not even an hour of rest, the team had to face the Bears from Morgan State. This game made up for the lack of runs from the previous outing. After falling behind two runs in the first, freshman Mekhia Freeman hit a triple and sophomore Lydia Witkowski scored. Emily Snider then hit a sac fly to tie up the game.

The game went back and forth until the fifth inning, when Georgia Southern took the lead with Freeman and Robinson each got a home run. The Eagles would go on to beat the Bears 6-5.

Saturday’s first game against Ball State began with Dixie Raley getting into some trouble in the first inning, where she threw 42 pitches but only allowed one run. In the third, Freeman continued her successful weekend of getting on base and scoring on Snider’s single.

Sophomore infielder Hannah Farrell helped the Eagles take the lead with a single up the middle to bring Freeman home. Georgia Southern extended their lead within the sixth with Witkowski driving in junior infielder Alesha Mann. The Eagles extended their win streak to three games with a score of 4-3 over the Cardinals.

The first loss of the weekend came against the undefeated Lehigh Mountain Hawks. The scoring began in the second inning as Lehigh would score three runs and then add another run in the third to make it 4-0.

In the fourth, Mann would get on base and would score on a sac fly from freshman Abby Broome. The Eagles would tie the game at four in the fifth inning, but unfortunately, that would be the end of the scoring for them. Lehigh would tack on five runs in the top of the seventh to win the game 9-4.

The weekend concluded Sunday morning with a one-sided affair against Fordham where the Eagles lost 7-0. Dixie Raley, Heather Felt, Kaylee Ramos, and Kierra Camp all saw time in the circle, but none of them could cool down the bats of Fordham who had 11 hits compared to Georgia Southern’s two hits.

Georgia Southern will host Eastern Kentucky, Marshall, Delaware State, Presbyterian and South Carolina State this weekend in the Eagle Classic.