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.
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• 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.