April 13, 2012
Game 2 vs. South Alabama | Sunday, April 15 | 2:00 p.m. CT | Mobile, Alabama
*Unfortunately, no coverge will be available for this game
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - After a week-long layoff, the Southern Miss softball team returns to action on Saturday, as part of the Eagle Fest 2012 weekend, when they host South Alabama at the Southern Miss Softball Complex at 2 p.m.
The Golden Eagles and Jaguars will also play a Sunday game in Mobile to make up a previously rained out game from earlier in the season.
For Southern Miss (12-22), getting the bats hot again will be a focal point of the weekend set as they have combined to hit just .166 as a team over the past two weeks against Conference USA opponents. In the Jags, the Golden Eagles have a non-conference foe and are hitting at a .260 clip against opponents from outside the league.
Freshman Caroline Walker and senior Leslie LeJune continue to lead the squad at the plate as the lone batters above the 300 mark while sophomore Brittany Lilly and freshman Carissa Turang have come on as of late to provide timely hitting. It was Turang's walk-off single against Marshall last weekend that gave Southern Miss a Saturday victory.
In the circle, junior Beth Dietrich has established herself as the staff ace following a span of 32 innings in which she has allowed just four earned runs. Her 3.13 ERA is a team-best, and she has struck out 61 batters while giving just 16 free passes.
South Alabama (25-12) comes to Hattiesburg as one of the Sun Belt Conference's best teams and are led by a trio of power hitters in Blair Johnson (.344), Brittany Fowler (.342) and Meghan Collins (.333) who have combined for nine home runs and 27 doubles.
Hannah Campbell and Katy Neal sport earned run averages in the twos for the Jaguars with Campbell carrying the load of the work with 144.2 innings of action. Campbell's 137 strikeouts to 29 walks are a team high and opponents are hitting her at a .248 clip.
The Jags are also riding high after defeating No. 21/22 Florida State in Tallahassee on Thursday, 3-1, on the arm of Campbell.
Southern Miss is 3-6 all-time against South Alabama in the series that dates back to 2007. The Jags having a four-game winning streak over the Golden Eagles including a 10-2 victory in Mobile last season.
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