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The UNCG softball team travels to Birmingham, Ala. for a three-game series starting with a doubleheader Saturday, Mar. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Samford Softball Field.

Softball Heads to Samford for SoCon Road Series

Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com
         
Release: March 21, 2014
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG softball team travels to Birmingham, Ala. for a three-game series starting with a doubleheader Saturday, Mar. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Samford Softball Field.

The series will conclude with a single game Sunday, Mar. 22 at 1 p.m.

The Spartans are 11-13 on the season and are 1-2 in the Southern Conference after winning the series finale against Georgia Southern, 11-10. UNCG dropped a midweek contest to North Carolina, 6-0, Thursday.

Senior Katelyn Bedwell (Surrey, B.C./Elgin Park) leads SoCon with a .417 average on 30 hits, 14 runs scored, 10 doubles, a home run and 18 RBI. Freshman Tory Wright (Potomac Falls, Va./Dominion) is second on the team with a .343 average on 23 hits, seven doubles, a home run and 12 RBI. Junior Dominique Madruga (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic) comes in third with a .342 average on 13 hits and seven runs scored. Junior Tatiana Alcala (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) comes is fourth at .329 on 23 hits, 12 runs scored, two triples and 6-for-7 in stolen bases. Sophomore Nicole Thomas (Irvine, Calif./Northwood) continues to lead the team in numerous offensive categories including home runs (6), RBI (24) and slugging percentage (.708).

In the circle, senior Raeanne Hanks (Rainier, Ore./Rainier Senior) is 6-7 with a 3.62 ERA, including seven complete games in 79.1 innings. Hanks has started 15 of the 24 games and has struck out 75 batters. Nicole Thomas is 3-5 with one complete game throwing 48.1 innings in 16 appearances. Sophomore Lacey Leary (Norwood, N.C./Spartanburg Methodist) is 2-1 throwing 25.1 innings in nine appearances with 10 strikeouts.

Samford is 20-7 on the season but opened SoCon action with two losses against Furman. The Bulldogs hold a 6-1 home record and are led by Megan Dowdy who is hitting .376 with 35 hits, five doubles and 14 RBI. Abby Adams leads the team with 10 home runs and 27 RBI. In the circle, Mollie Hanson has a 10-5 record with a 1.67 ERA in 79.2 innings and has 89 strikeouts. UNCG leads the all-time series with a 13-5 record.

Be sure to follow all updates about the UNCG softball team on www.uncgspartans.com or on twitter @UNCGsports/@UNCGsoftball. 

-UNCG-

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