Friday, April 27, 2012

Softball set for GSC tourney, top-ranked Blazers

Southaven, MS - The 2012 Gulf South Conference softball tournament is here, as the West Georgia Wolves, under the direction of head coach Mandy Harris, enter this year's tourney as the eighth seed. The Wolves will play in the first round on Friday at the Greenbrook Softball Complex against top-ranked Valdosta State.

This will mark the fifth meeting between the two teams this season, with the Blazers taking all four previous contests. Valdosta State enters the tournament with a record of 43-3 overall, going 26-1 in Gulf South Conference play. West Georgia is 14-38 with a 6-22 record in the GSC.

In the games in Carrollton, VSU outscored the Wolves 24-7 en route to a doubleheader sweep. In Valdosta, the Blazers stayed just as hot in the first game, winning 13-0. But in the nightcap, West Georgia pushed the VSU to the hilt, but the Blazers came out of top with a 2-1 victory.

Yancey Earns High Marks
West Georgia sophomore third baseman Nicole Yancey was the lone UWG player selected to the 2012 All-Gulf South Conference team, announced by conference officials earlier this week. Yancey had a fantastic year, leading the Wolves with a .368 batting average and setting the school single season record for walks for the second straight season with 47. She now has 87 total career walks, leaving her 18 shy of the career record.

Sullivan looks to finish on a high note
UWG senior infielder Kaley Sullivan has been on fire of late and raised her batting average to .325 last weekend for the season. She now has a .323 batting average for her career, one of the top averages in school history and she passed a milestone on senior weekend, collecting the 200th hit of her career.

Breakout season at the plate
Sophomore outfielder Imani Cabell had a breakout season this year and comes into the 2012 GSC tournament with a .310 batting average on the season. She is second on the team in home runs with five, is tied for second in doubles with 10 and has one triple on the year.

The Wolves will play at 11 a.m. against Valdosta State and the game will feature live stats. All teams will play two games on the opening day, and West Georgia will either play West Alabama or Delta State in the 1:30 time slot. All times listed are EST.

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