Witkowski leads Eagles at the plate in freshman season

Marqus Williams

The Georgia Southern softball team is 17-15 on the season, surpassing their win total from last season and the strong play from Lydia Witkowski has been a major part of their improvement.

Witkowski is a redshirt freshman outfielder for the Eagles from Alpharetta, Ga. and her game has improved from the moment she stepped on the diamond. Witkowski leads the team in batting average, hits, runs and triples. She sports a .360 batting average, scored 26 runs, has 40 hits including three triples so far this season.

She has helped lead her team to their first two Sun Belt series victories as they’re tied for third in the conference. Her softball career has gotten off to a hot start, but she is more than just a star on the diamond. 

She’s not the type of person that likes to stand still which shows why she loves to be outdoors and enjoys activities like hiking, photography and of course, softball. The longest hike she can remember was six miles when she was vacationing in Hawaii over Thanksgiving break and she’s also hiked in Colorado and Georgia.

She also boasts another hobby that not many people know about her.

“It’s kind of weird that many people don’t know that about me but I like taking pictures of things,” said Witkowski on her hidden passion for photography.

While she’s cheered for Georgia Southern softball for a while, as her brother Charlie Witkowski went to school here and graduated last spring, she still cheers for her teammates of the past on their new teams.

“I cheer for the girls I’ve played with and the schools that they’re at, but I’ve never truly been a fan of any school in particular,” said Witkowski.

The loyalty and friendship she has with her teammates of past and present shows her character and how dependable she is on and off the field. She’s not the type of person that yearns for the spotlight, but would rather share it with her teammates as she firmly believes it’s a team effort.

Witkowski’s growth as a redshirt last season to being a major contributor now makes her great, but her contribution as a good teammate and person makes her exceptional.

Fast Facts

Favorite Song?

“Unstoppable God- Elevation Worship.”

Best Vacation Spot?

“Hawaii.”

Favorite Softball Memory?

“Going into my senior year of high school, my travel team won the national championship out in California so that was a lot of fun.”

Difference between California and Georgia??

“Southern Hospitality for sure.”