The Mississippi College softball team will travel to Jackson, Tenn. for a mid-week, non-conference doubleheader against Lane College on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch for the twin-bill is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
The Lady Choctaws come into the game with a record of 12-10, while the Dragons are 4-7.
MC and West Florida have met 19 previous times with the Argonauts holding a 15-4 edge in the series. UWF won the first 11 games between the schools, but the Lady Choctaws have responded with three straight wins, including taking 2-of-3 in Pensacola last season and eliminating the Argos from the GSC Tournament on their way to the title. The last time the teams met in Clinton, UWF picked up a road series sweep.
Last season, Penny Nichols was named GSC Pitcher of the Week after her performance at West Florida. Following a 13-4 win by the Argos in the series-opener, the Orange City, Fla. native allowed just two runs over the next two games as MC came back to take the series (5-1, 4-1). MC would then come back from an early deficit in the GSC Tournament to grab an 8-5 win.
The Lady Choctaws, led by 12th-year head coach Brooke O’Hair, just split a doubleheader with #21 West Florida last weekend, bouncing back from a tough 4-2 loss that saw them going into the seventh with a lead. MC would then pick up a 10-4 win over the Argos in the nightcap, highlighted by a pinch-hit grand slam from junior Makenzie Nieto in the fifth inning.
Sophomore Carly Crawford (.375) returned to the lineup after missing 13 game with an injury. The First Team All-GSC selection in 2017 collected a hit and reached base three times in the two games. Sophomore Shayla McKissock (.350) is tied for the team-lead with 21 hits and is second on the squad with a .426 on-base percentage.
Senior Katherine Lee (.333) leads the team with 15 stolen bases and has 96 for her career, the most in school history. Junior Brianna Caldwell (.303) has a team-high six home runs, while junior Kristen Qualls (.284) is pacing the team with 23 RBI.
Juniors Cori Cooper (3-1, 2.46 ERA) and Adrianna Morgan (5-0, 3.03 ERA) are leading a pitching staff that has lowered their ERA in each of the last four weeks. Cooper leads the team with 30 strikeouts, while opponents are only hitting .240 against Morgan.
After opening the season with just one win in their first eight games, the Dragons have won three straight after going 3-1 at the SIAC Crossover Tournament last weekend in Jasper, Ala. Three of their four wins this season have come by one run.
Breanna Glass (.360) is the team’s top hitter, posting a .640 slugging percentage with two doubles, a triple and a home run. Whitney Knighton (.333) leads the squad with eight RBI and is tied with Ericka Webster (.294) for the team-lead with 10 hits. Webster also paces the team with two home runs and three doubles.
In the circle, only two pitchers have seen action this season. Mice’La Ross (3-3, 3.77 ERA) has tossed a team-high 42.2 innings and has four complete games. She leads the way with 30 strikeouts in her 10 appearances. Webster (1-4, 5.25 ERA) has made four starts this season and had 13 strikeouts to go along with a save.
Mississippi College is a private Christian university located in Clinton, Mississippi with an enrollment of over 5,000 students. MC recently finished their transition process back to NCAA Division II and the Gulf South Conference and started competing for conference and national championships in the 2016-17 academic year.
The athletic department sponsors 17 intercollegiate athletic programs: Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Football, Golf, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field and Volleyball.