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LWC softball to open 2017 season at NAIA SE Challenge

By Anthony Latessa

The No. 8-ranked Lindsey Wilson softball teams opens its 2017 season at the NAIA Southeastern Challenge hosted by South Carolina-Beaufort at the Richard Gray Complex, 205 Main Street, Hardeeville, SC.

The Blue Raiders face No. 16-ranked Reinhardt (Ga.) at 11amCT and Bryan (Tenn.) at 1:30pmCT on Thursday. Lindsey Wilson resumes play Friday against host South Carolina-Beaufort at 12:30pmCT and Thomas (Ga.) at 5:30pmCT. Lindsey Wilson closes out the NAIA Southeastern Challenge on Saturday against Faulkner (Ala.) and No. 10-ranked William Carey (Miss.) at 10am and 12:30pmCT respectively.

The Blue Raiders went 47-14 last season for their seventh-straight season of at least 47 wins and finished 25-3 in the Mid-South Conference. Lindsey Wilson lost in the NAIA Opening Round Championship game to Marian (Ind.).

Lindsey Wilson returns five players who earned NAIA and MSC honors last season. Sydney Fourman was named First Team NAIA All-American for the first time in her career. Fourman became the first sophomore in program history to earn First Team honors. She was also a MSC First Team selection. Callum Pilgrim was named MSC Freshman of the Year and earned MSC First Team honors. Bailey Mize and Casey Bryan were also named to the MSC First Team. Cassie Kooker earned All-MSC Second Team honors.

The Eagles (2-0) defeated Hiwassee (Tenn.) in a doubleheader on Saturday 4-1 and 15-7. Last season Reinhardt went 41-12 last season winning both the regular season and tournament Appalachian Athletic Conference Championships. The Eagles were defeated by Huntington (Ind.) and William Carey in the NAIA Opening Round.

The Blue Raiders lead the overall series 6-1. Lindsey Wilson has won the last six meetings between the two schools. The teams last met on Feb. 28, 2015 with the Blue Raiders picking up a 9-2 victory.

Bryan (1-1) split a doubleheader with No.14-ranked Martin Methodist on Saturday losing 9-3 and picking up a 9-8 victory. Last season the Lions went 29-23 last season losing to Milligan (Tenn.) 6-5 in the AAC Tournament.

Lindsey Wilson leads the overall series 3-0. The Blue Raiders won both matchups last season 4-1 and 8-0.

The Sand Sharks (4-2) swept a doubleheader against Middle Georgia 6-1 and 8-0 on Saturday. South Carolina-Beaufort finished 2016 with a 33-22 record reaching the Sun Conference Tournament Finals losing to Webber International (Fla.) 7-6.

This is the first ever matchup between the two schools.

Thomas (5-1) went 1-1 in a doubleheader against Coastal Georgia on Sunday. The Night Hawks dropped game one 3-1 and won game two 6-4. Thomas went 20-22 last season losing to Ave Maria (Fla.) in the Sun Conference Tournament.

The overall series is tied at six with each team having three victories. Last season Thomas won both matchups against the Blue Raiders 7-4 and 7-6.

Faulkner (2-0) defeated Judson in a doubleheader on Feb. 10 8-0 and 4-3. The Eagles went 21-23 losing to Blue Mountain (Miss.) in the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament.

This is just the second meeting between the two schools. The two teams last met on Mar. 6, 2016 with the Eagles winning 4-1.

The Knights (4-0) picked up a 3-0 victory over Saint Gregory's (Okla.) on Saturday. William Carey finished 2016 with a record 39-17 and lost to Webber International (Fla.) 7-4 in the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round.

William Carey leads the overall series 2-1. The two teams last met on Feb. 27, 2015 with Lindsey Wilson picking up a 3-2 victory.

Live video ($7.95) will be available for the Blue Raiders matchups against Reinhardt, South Carolina-Beaufort, Faulkner and William Carey. Video will also be available on South Carolina-Beaufort's Facebook for Lindsey Wilson's games against Bryan and Thomas. Live stats are also available and Thomas will do live stats for its matchup against the Blue Raiders.

Lindsey Wilson begins the NAIA Southeastern Challenge on Thursday against Reinhardt at 11 amCT at South Carolina-Beaufort.

This story was posted on 2017-02-15 13:25:08
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