Panthers Head to Statesboro to Close Regular Season
Georgia State Sports Communications
GEORGIA STATE (8-43, 5-19 SBC) vs. GEORGIA SOUTHERN (20-27, 6-17 SBC)
May 2-4 | Statesboro, Ga.
Games 1 & 2 will be on ESPN+.
Live stats will be available through GeorgiaStateSports.com.
- Georgia State heads into the final weekend of the regular season with a three-game series in Statesboro against rival Georgia Southern. The Panthers and Eagles will play at 7 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 1 p.m. Saturday.
- Georgia State is 11-2 versus Georgia Southern since the Eagles joined the Sun Belt in 2015. GSU took two of three from the Eagles last season.
- Caitlin Ray’s 15 doubles are third most in the Sun Belt Conference.
- Georgia State opened the 2019 season over 4,400 miles away in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Hawaii Paradise Classic. The Panthers faced stiff competition at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium including top-ranked UCLA.
- Eight true freshmen made their GSU debuts in Hawaii. Three freshmen recorded their first collegiate hits as well.
- Freshman Jess Neadow made a splash in her first career game against Fresno State on Feb. 8. Neadow made a diving catch at shortstop that went viral via NCAA Softball’s social media accounts. The next inning in her first at-bat as a Panther, Neadow sent a towering home run over the wall in left for her first career hit.
- Kristin Hawkins was named to the 2019 Preseason All-Sun Belt team. A redshirt senior, Hawkins has an elite glove at the hot corner and showed increased production at the plate in 2018. Hawkins hit .308 in Sun Belt play.
- After missing most last season to injury, Emily Soles looks to return to form in 2019. At the time of her injury, Soles was GSU’s top arm. She was 5-2 with a 3.12 ERA.
- Skylar Mosel was named Second Team All-Sun Belt in 2018 after a strong freshman season at shortstop. Mosel hit .300 and was third on the team in both home runs (7) and RBI (25).
- The Panthers will be without All-American Ivie Drake for the first time in four years as the reigning Sun Belt Player of the Year finished her collegiate career last May. Drake broke nearly every offensive record in the GSU history books.
- Roger Kincaid is in his ninth season as head coach of the Panthers and 11th season with the program. Kincaid’s career record is 280-223 with a 116-86 mark in both the CAA and Sun Belt Conference.
- 2019 marks the second season in a row where the Panthers’ entire roster calls Georgia home. All 26 players this season are from the Peach State. Gwinnett County leads the way with eight Panthers.