Softball team looks to gain a higher seed heading into the tournament.

Keith Smiley

The Georgia Southern University softball team are looking to finish strong with the Sun Belt tournament right around the corner.

The eagle are 11-7 in the conference and currently have hold of the No. 3 seed. The next couple of weeks will be a true test for the Eagles as they play three double headers with two coming against Sun Belt opponents. The players remember all well how it is to go into tournament play with a losing record.

The first Sun Belt double header will be against UL Layfette in which they will do battle three games in a row. This won’t be an easy task for the eagles as they are going up against the number one team in the Sunbelt. UL Layfette are currently running away with the division sitting at first seed with a 16-1 conference record and will be looking forward to test their abilities with the third seed eagles.

GS postition plater Lydia Witkowski leads the team in batting average at .337. Witkowski has recorded 38 runs and 55 hits for the season and the team will need her to come up big these next couple of weeks to sustain momentum heading into the tournament.

The last three games of the season which includes their last doubleheader, is nothing short of a challenge. Not only will they be facing their rival Georgia State, but the bad taste left in their mouth from last season against this team may still be haunting them.

Redemption has to be the goal for Eagles when they go up against the Panthers, who beat them in four straight games including tournament play in their 2015 season. Georgia State holds a 9-9 conference record but the Eagles shouldn’t expect them to back down as they’re still playing to get a higher seed.

The Eagles will be looking to gain ground in the win column with a doubleheader Wednesday against Savannah State in an away game.