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LWC Softball hosts No. 10 Georgia Gwinnett

By Kyrin Mayfield

For the second time this season, Marilyn D. Sparks Park hosts a top-10 matchup as the No. 3 Lindsey Wilson softball team takes on No. 10 Georgia Gwinnett in a doubleheader today beginning at 2 p.m. CT.

Live stats and video will be available. Please read the Lindsey Wilson Attendance Protocols for attendance information.

The Blue Raiders (12-0, 8-0 Mid-South Conference) bring one of the NAIA's best offenses into the two-game series. Lindsey Wilson is averaging the fourth-most hits (11.5) and fifth-most runs (9.1) per game.

Reigning MSC Player of the Week Makea-Al Kaluau paces the lineup with a .524 batting average, five doubles, five home runs and 23 RBIs, all of which are team-highs.

Lyric Houston has also made a strong contribution over the first 12 games with an average of .444, 14 runs, four home runs, and 18 RBIs.

Two-time MSC Pitcher of the Week Annabelle Ramirez has been a force inside the circle. Opponents struggle to score when she's on the rubber as Ramirez has not allowed a run over her previous 24 innings of pitching.

The senior right-handed pitcher possesses an ERA of 0.20 and an opposing batting average of .111, sixth-lowest in the nation. Additionally, she records an average of 13.3 strikeouts per seven innings pitched.

After splitting a doubleheader on Tuesday against Cumberlands (Ky.), Georgia Gwinnett (12-4) comes in having dropped three of the previous four games. However, the Grizzlies do possess four top-25 wins on the season.

Piper Wagner and Sydney Pelaez provide a powerful one-two punch that's difficult for opposing pitchers to handle. Wagner leads Georgia Gwinnett in batting average (.444), runs (14), doubles (8), and is tied for the most home runs with two. Pelaez is the squad's RBI leader with 18, but she also has accumulated 10 runs, seven doubles and two home runs with an average of .408.

Alexa Good is the Grizzlies' ace. She sits at a 7-1 record with a 3.04 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 64 strikeouts and a .193 opposing batting average over 53.1 innings.

A sweep by the Blue Raiders would improve the team's record to 14-0 and would be the longest undefeated stretch to start a season in program history.

Lindsey Wilson reached the 13-0 mark twice before. It occurred most recently in 2019 when a 12-0 squad met this same Georgia Gwinnett program and split a doubleheader by winning the first game and losing the second.

This story was posted on 2021-03-10 09:46:06
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