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Softball opens 2019 season at Gulf Shores Invitational

Softball opens 2019 season at Gulf Shores Invitational

GULF SHORES, Ala. – The Lander softball team begins the 2019 campaign this weekend with five games in two days at the Gulf Shores Invitational. On Saturday, Lander will face Shorter at 9:00 a.m., West Florida at 11:30 a.m., and West Georgia at 4:30 p.m. Sunday's schedule features games against Lee at 9:00 a.m. and No. 11-ranked Alabama Huntsville at 11:30 a.m. 

LIVE STATS: Shorter West Florida West Georgia Lee Alabama Huntsville

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STORYLINES

• Lander's softball program is in its 38th season. 

• The weekend marks Lander's first trip to the state of Alabama since 2016.

• The Bearcats were picked fifth in the preseason PBC coaches poll, Lander's highest preseason conference ranking ever. 

• Lander returns 12 players from last year's squad that advanced to the PBC Tournament semifinals.  

• Senoir Kelli McCormack is Lander's leading returner in batting average, RBI, doubles, runs scored, and steals. 

• The returning Bearcats accounted for 75% of Lander's extra-base hits last year.

• Lander plays eight consecutive games at home after returning to Greenwood.