Delaware Softball Heads To Atlanta For Crucial CAA Series With Georgia State
April 15, 2011
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ATLANTA, Ga. -- The University of Delaware softball team will face its third consecutive formidable CAA opponent this weekend when the Blue Hens travel to Georgia State for a three-game series.
The Blue Hens and Panthers will play a 12 noon doubleheader on Saturday and a 12 noon single game on Sunday at Bob Heck Field at the GSU Panthersville Recreation and Athletics Complex.
Delaware has won three consecutive games to move to 14-25 on the season, and the Blue Hens are currently tied for fourth place in the league standings with a 4-5 mark after last weekend’s series victory over James Madison.
Georgia State, which is 24-17 overall this year, enters the weekend tied for first place in the conference along with Hofstra with an 8-1 record. The Panthers lost their first CAA game to Towson, but rallied to win the final two against the Tigers before sweeping UNC Wilmington and Drexel during each of the last two weekends.
Delaware will be looking to extend its season-best winning streak, after taking the final two games of the James Madison series before posting a 4-1 victory over Rider on Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Hens continue to be paced offensively by freshman Michelle McKinnon, who is batting a team-best .330 on the season. Amanda Stacevicz, who leads the squad with 34 hits and ranks second with 18 RBI, has raised her average to .296, while Lara Andrews is third on the squad with a .279 average.
Jenny Richards leads the Blue Hens with 24 runs scored and eight doubles on the season, while Gina Knutson leads the squad with 23 RBI and nine stolen bases. Stacevicz is 8-8 with a team-best 3.04 earned run average in the circle for Delaware, which Anne Marie Pagano has posted two consecutive strong outings to move to 4-4 on the year.
Lauren Jones leads the Panthers with a .314 batting average, 38 hits, 25 runs scored, 10 homers and 24 RBI, while Paige Nowacki is hitting .313 while ranking second on the squad with 36 hits, 20 runs scored, six homers and 21 RBI. Kaitlyn Medlam is 8-1 with a 1.69 earned run average for Georgia State, while McCall Langford is 9-8 with a 1.76 ERA. The Panthers have been particularly effective during CAA action, allowing just 12 runs during their eight-game conference win streak.
Georgia State leads the all-time series with Delaware, 10-6, although the Blue Hens took two of three games last season in Newark.
Following this weekend’s series the Blue Hens will be back home next Friday to host UNC Wilmington in a doubleheader beginning at 2:30 p.m.Back To Softball Home Softball Story Archive