HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi softball team continues its eight-game homestand with a four-game nonconference series with Detroit this weekend at the Southern Miss Softball Complex. The series begins with a single game on Friday, Feb. 21 at 5:00 p.m. and continues with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 12:00 p.m. The series concludes on Sunday with a morning game at 10:00 a.m.
On Friday, the first 100 fans in attendance receive a Southern Miss lanyard, while the first 100 fans to Saturday's games will take home a pair of Southern Miss sunglasses. Sunday is "Ticket Stub Sunday" and any fan with a ticket stub from the men's basketball game against UTEP will get reduced admission ($3 adult and $2 youth tickets).
After starting the season with eight straight road games, Southern Miss started an eight-game homestand with a doubleheader against in-state rival Ole Miss on Tuesday. The Rebels used a big inning in game one to record a 7-4 victory and Ole Miss was able to edge Southern Miss in extra innings, 4-3, in the night cap.
The Golden Eagles enter the weekend with a 1-9 overall record. Southern Miss has worked through a difficult schedule, having played teams from the Pac 12, ACC and SEC, including six games against teams currently ranked in the top 15 in the NFCA Top 25 Poll.
Detroit enters the weekend with a 1-4 record after competing in the Music City Classic hosted by Belmont. The Titans dropped games with Miami (Ohio), tournament-host Belmont (2x) and East Tennessee State. The lone win came against Butler.
The games this weekend will be the first meeting between the two schools on the softball diamond.
For the Golden Eagles, five different players are batting .200 or better in the early going of the season. Freshman Selena Estrada boasts a team-best .278 batting average. Estrada and senior Mackenzie Sher are the only two Southern Miss players so far this season with a home run; while Sher is tied with Katie Cleary and Sarah Evans with a team-best two doubles each. Cleary notched the team's only triple of the season on Tuesday night against Ole Miss.
In the circle, Southern Miss will use a quartet of pitchers - Shelbee Rodgers, Samantha Robles, Kaitlin Wilson and Danielle Block. Robles leads the team with 21.2 innings pitched, while Rodgers has a team-high 16 strikeouts. Wilson has surrendered the fewest hits of the pitching staff, while Block threw a complete game against No. 13 Florida State in just her second outing.
Scouting the Opposition
Detroit (1-4) dropped its final two games of the Music City Classic hosted at Belmont University on Sunday (Feb. 9). The Titans lost their first game 6-2 to East Tennessee State, before falling 9-1 to the host school Belmont in the nightcap at E.S. Rose Park. The Titans lone win over the opening weekend came against former Horizon League foe Butler, 7-2.
Junior Kat Hoffman did a little pitching and hitting over the opening weekend at the Music City Classic as she finished with a 1-2 record in the circle, while hitting .600 with one RBI in four games. Hoffman's lone win came against Butler where she pitched a complete game giving up five hits, two earned runs while striking out three. She also finished 1-3 at the plate with one run scored in the win over the Bulldogs.
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