Georgia Southwestern softball coach Eddie Ward couldn’t be
any happier after the first week of the 2008 season. His Lady
Hurricanes defeated Claflin University 16-0, Savannah State
University 19-0, and Armstrong Atlantic State University 2-1 in a
weekend tournament and then dropped Wesleyan College 7-1 and 6-3
yesterday to arrive at their current 5-0 record .
“I don’t believe we could have played any better this week,” he said. “The team gets along well with one another, and they come to the ball park ready to play. They want to play and it shows on the field with their enthusiasm and teamwork.”
GSW is batting .399 as a team and has racked up 61 hits and 50 runs in just five games. There are four players – Emily Oglesby, Heather Chambers, Brandi Pratt, and Kassi Reneau – who are batting .500 or better. The Lady Canes have also accumulated a .529 team slugging percentage and a .475 team on-base percentage.
While performing so well on the offensive side of the ball, GSW has also been strong defensively. Opponents have been limited to only 11 hits and 5 runs, averaging just .103 at the plate. GSW has also put two shut-outs in the books so far, with hopes of more to come.
The Lady Hurricanes are hoping to improve on last year's record, and Ward said this team won’t let that kind of season happen again.
“I thought we might be a sleeper — maybe move up to the middle of the pack like sixth or seventh — and that’s still the case, but we will compete in each and every ball game,” he said. “We have too many ball players on this team that are gamers and won’t allow that to happen.”
GSW will host Anderson University this Friday before opening Peach Belt competition on Saturday against Armstrong Atlantic State University. Games will be played at Hurricane Field, and times for both days will be 3:00 and 5:00.