Boiling Springs, N.C. - The Gardner-Webb softball team is slated to play a total of nine games this week, including four games at home on Tuesday and Wednesday, before heading to Wilmington, N.C. to play in the Seahawk Classic hosted by UNC Wilmington from February 24-26th.
Gardner-Webb (2-2) went 2-2 last week, winning both games of a home twin bill over Morgan State on Friday afternoon and then dropping two games against Furman on Saturday afternoon in Greenville, S.C.
The Runnin' Bulldogs, who are 2-0 at home thus far this season, went 6-7 overall at home last year and will look to add to their win total this season.
GWU, who is looking to snap a two-game losing streak, is looking to hand head coach Tom Cole his 300th victory as the leader of the Runnin' Bulldog softball program. Cole has totaled 297 wins at GWU, putting him three shy of the 300 mark.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Runnin' Bulldogs will host North Carolina A&T in a non-conference doubleheader at 1 p.m. at Varsity Field.
The Lady Aggies, who will be playing their season opener on Tuesday, were picked to finish third overall in the Southern Division of the MEAC, coming in tied with South Carolina State in the preseason polls.
Last season N.C. A&T finished the year at 7-35 overall and were 0-16 in true road contests.
GWU has won four straight contests over the Lady Aggies and are 14-4 versus North Carolina A&T since moving to NCAA Division I in 2001.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Runnin' Bulldogs will turn around and host the Spartans of USC Upstate at 1 p.m.
Upstate, who also has a game on Sunday afternoon, is 6-0 thus far this season with five of those wins being shutouts.
The Spartans are coming off a school record 42-win season in 2011 and was picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic Sun Conference in the preseason coaches' poll. However, the Spartans, who are 11-1 versus Gardner-Webb since 2001, have 14 new players this season.
Over the weekend, the Runnin' Bulldogs will compete at the Seahawk Classic in Wilmington, N.C.
On Friday, the Runnin' Bulldogs are slated to take on Kansas out of the Big 12 at 12:15 p.m. and then turn around to take on the host UNC Wilmington at 4:45 p.m.
Gardner-Webb will return to play on Saturday, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will face off with Fairfield at 10 a.m. before competing in one of the semi-final contests later on in the afternoon.
The tournament will wrap up on Sunday with a consolation game at 11 a.m. and the championship game at 1:15 p.m.
Links for live stats for all games will be available on the softball schedule page at www.gwusports.com.
To view the complete week two softball notes click on the attached pdf or go to the Softball page and click on Weekly Notes in the top menu bar.