Alabama Softball Hosts Some Cats

The Alabama softball team is home to Georgia State tonight (Wednesday), but the Crimson Tide has to guard against looking ahead. That's because Auburn comes to Tuscaloosa for games this weekend.

Alabama (26-3) hosts the Georgia State Panthers (14-8) at Rhoads Stadium with first pitch at 6 p.m. CDT.

The Crimson Tide stays home for the weekend hosting in-state and Southeastern Conference rival Auburn in games Friday-Sunday. Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy will have an opportunity to get his 800th coaching victory against the Tigers.

After sweeping South Carolina in Columbia last weekend, the Crimson Tide remains at No. 4 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll and No. 6 in the rankings. Oklahoma is No. 1 in both polls.

The Georgia State Panthers come into Wednesday's game with a 14-8 record overall this season and with a 3-1 record on the road. Taylor Anderson leads the Panthers at the plate with a .365 average and 27 hits, including three triples. Callie Alford leads the team in power hitting with a .639 slugging percentage and six homeruns with 20 RBI. In the circle Kaitlyn Medlam and Katie Worley share responsibility for the Panthers. Medlam boasts a 2.74 ERA, giving up 68 hits and striking out 51 batters in 76.2 innings. Worley, with a 3.84 ERA, has struck out 43 batters in 58.1 innings. Roger Kincaid is in his third season as head coach in Atlanta tallying an overall record of 74-43.

Although Alabama leads the series against Georgia State, 2-1, the Panthers took the last game, a 5-1 decision against the eventual national champion Crimson Tide last April in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy enters the week with a 798-220 record in 16 seasons, including 15 years as Bama head coach where he has a record of 770-201.

In the NCAA statistics, Alabama ranks third in stolen bases per game with 2.62 per game and 76 overall and ninth in scoring with 206 runs and 7.1 per game. Individually, Kayla Braud sits at fourth in the nation in stolen bases with 0.86 per game and 25 total.

Freshman Haylie McCleney continues to lead the SEC in batting average with a .489 mark and in hits with 45.

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