AMERICUS, Ga. -- The Georgia Southwestern softball team will open their 2019 season on the road, competing in the Flagler Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 2. Hosts Flagler College invites GSW, Lynn University (Fla.) and Anderson University (S.C.) to Flagler Field in St. Augustine, Fla., to compete in the two-day invitational.
GSW will throw the first pitch of the opening season at 11 a.m. as they will play Anderson University. Playing back-to-back games, GSW will stay on the field to play Lynn University for a 1:30 p.m. start time. Hosts Flagler will take on Lynn at 4 p.m. and Anderson at 6:30 p.m. to end day one of the tournament.
Second year head coach Nicki Levering and the Lady Canes are looking forward to make another run to the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, in which their season ended in the quarterfinals last year.
Lady Canes softball, who was picked seventh in the PBC Preseason Coaches Poll, return all-time home run leader for GSW and PBC Preseason All-Conference utility player Hayley Tierce. They also return leading pitcher Madason Messer, first baseman Lauren Kuerzi and Elizabeth Wills, who plays outfielder. Messer, a senior, made 29 appearances at the plate. She started 18 games for the Lady Canes and posted an 8-10 record with a 5.66 ERA. The sophomore Kuerzi led with 272 putouts for a .993 fielding percentage and had 32 RBIs and four home runs. Wills, a sophomore, is currently ranked fourth in the PBC with home runs. She finished with 30 RBIs and 11 home runs last season.
Links to Saturday's games are below:
The Lady Canes home opener is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19 as they will play Valdosta State at 4 and 6 p.m.