Softball Returns Home to Host Georgia College
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.
– The Nova Southeastern University softball team (8-3) will return home to host the Georgia College Bobcats (11-3) in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Sharks return home for their first game at the AD Griffin Sports Complex since Feb. 1. Since then, the Sharks went 3-2 at the Eckerd Spring Invitational, defeating Harding, Young Harris and Lindenwood. During that tournament, head coach Lesa Boneé surpassed 400 wins during her NSU tenure, furthering her stature as the winningest coach in program history. Boneé will be honored prior to game one on Saturday.
After the Eckerd tournament, the Sharks had a bizarre road trip that lasted over a week. The Sharks first traveled to No. 12 Alabama-Huntsville, looking to upset one of the South Region's premier teams. NSU would play in chilling temperatures and with icicles hanging from top of the dugout. The Sharks persevered and won game one, 10-7. NSU lost the second game but left Huntsville with its first win over a nationally-ranked team this year.
NSU traveled to Dahlonega, Ga. for North Georgia's tournament on Saturday, Feb. 15 to face the No. 9 Nighthawks and No. 25 Wingate. It was scheduled for four games, but the Sunday slate was cut due to expected inclement weather. The Saturday doubleheader could not have gone better, as the Sharks won both games by one run. Rebecca Thornton
(So., Lido, Calif.) would earn Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week for going 3-0 against nationally-ranked teams.
Sitting at 3-1 during their northern road trip, travels would turn sour. The Sharks voyaged to Nashville, Tenn. for a doubleheader against Trevecca Nazarene, but those games were also cancelled due to the recent snowstorm. Instead of coming home early after four straight cancelled games, NSU would get stuck in Music City for an extra two days. The Sharks did not get back to South Florida until Thursday night, with only one day to practice for the Bobcats.
Saturday's games will be the last before SSC season begins, and it will not be a tuneup. The Bobcats are 11-3, with their most prominent win coming over No. 2 Valdosta State. They also have wins over Anderson, West Georgia and Belmont Abbey. Their losses have been to Queens, Valdosta State (whom they each split with) and Florida Tech.
The Bobcats are led by Holland Coursey, who is batting .500 with 12 RBI. Marissa Boyette has been a catalyst for wins in the circle with a 1.26 ERA. Georgia College will begin the weekend Friday night at Barry, with live stats available HERE
Live stats for Saturday's games can be found HERE
, while live video can be found HERE