UNCG Softball Resumes SoCon Action at Samford

UNCG Softball Resumes SoCon Action at Samford

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) softball team resumes Southern Conference (SoCon) action this weekend with a series against Samford on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday April 7 at Samford Softball Field.

The two teams are set to face off on Saturday with the doubleheader starting at 2:00 p.m. EST /1:00 p.m. CST and on Sunday a single game at 2:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. CST.

The Spartans are currently 24-14 overall and 6-0 in the SoCon, while the Bulldogs are 9-25 overall and 2-4 in the conference.

During the 2023 season, UNCG won the series behind a 2-1 record in Greensboro. The Spartans later defeated Samford twice in the 2023 SoCon Tournament to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Saturday, April 6
Opponent: Samford
Where: Samford Softball Field | Birmingham, Ala.
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. CST
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Saturday, April 6
Opponent: Samford
Where: Samford Softball Field | Birmingham, Ala.
Time: 4:00 p.m. EST/3:00 p.m. CST
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Sunday, April 7
Opponent: Samford
Where: Samford Softball Field | Birmingham, Ala.
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. CST
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RUNDOWN ON THE SPARTANS

Maxwell is pacing the Spartans with a .425 batting average, 35 RBI, and 12 home runs.
Grace Loftin is second on the team with 27 RBI and 11 homers, while Tori Dalehite is second with a .365 batting average.
Maxwell is pacing the SoCon in batting average, runs scored, hits, triples, at bats, and assists.
Maxwell is ranked nationally in the top 10 in three categories: fourth in total bases (110), fifth in hits (54), and seventh in triples (5).
Jessie Shipley is 25th in the nation with 12 doubles.
The Spartans are in the top 50 nationally in four categories: 10th in home runs per game (1.57), 12th in walks (146), 22nd in slugging percentage (0.511), and 37th in double plays per game (0.43).
Salem Ward is pacing the Spartans’ pitching staff with 53 strikeouts in 59.1 innings of work.
Rhyann Jones is second on the team with 42 strikeouts in 74.1 innings.
Maddie Spell was named SoCon Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 26), while Anna White was named SoCon Player of the Week (Feb. 26).
On March 11, Brooklynn Maxwell was named SoCon Player of the Week and Salem Ward was tabbed SoCon Pitcher of the Week.
Maxwell was also named SoCon Player of the Month for all competition during the month of February and March.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE SPARTANS

UNCG is coming off a 4-1 victory over cross-town rival and non-conference foe NC A&T on Wednesday.
Ward pitched her third complete game of the season, striking out five batters and giving up just one earned run.
Dalehite hit an RBI single to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead.
Shipley crushed a solo home run for a 2-1 advantage and then Loftin smashed a two-run home run for a 4-1 lead.

RUNDOWN ON THE BULLDOGS

The Bulldogs concluded the 2023 season 26-31 overall and 12-6 in the conference.
Samford was voted to finish second in the 2024 SoCon Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
Four Bulldogs were voted to the Preseason All-SoCon first team, including McKenzie Newcomb, Logan Champion, Sarah Squillace, and McKayla Cothran.
They have won three of their last 10 games and most recently dropped an 8-0 loss to Auburn on Wednesday.
Cothran is leading the Bulldogs at the plate with a .330 batting average swinging 37-for-112 with 11 RBI and 18 runs scored.
She also has successfully stolen 7-of-10 bases this season.
Champion paces the team with 16 RBI, while Katie Campbell is first with nine home runs.
In the circle, Jordyn Partain has tossed 93.2 innings, striking out 63 batters and has a 5-13 record with nine complete games.
Partain is ninth nationally in games started (19).
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UP NEXT
The Spartans will return home to host NC A&T on Wednesday, April 10 at the UNCG Softball Stadium for the second game against the Aggies with a start time of 4:00 p.m.

Courtesy of Denise Archetto
Assistant Athletic Director For Strategic Communications
UNC Greensboro