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The Bulls, 9-5, are set to play 5 games in 3 days as they host the Under Armor Invitational. They will play Georgia State on Friday (2 PM) and Syracuse (4:30 PM) in Tampa, Ball State (3 PM) and Towson (5:15 PM) on Saturday over in Clearwater, and return home to take on Villanova on Sunday at 4 PM. Here are primers for all of the opponents. 

USF is batting .291 as a team with Kristen Wyckoff leading the way with a .381 average, 10 runs scored and is 6 for 6 in steal attempts. The USF pitching staff has an ERA of 3.32 on the year and is allowing a .284 average against him.

(Note, all stats are prior to the teams entering the tournament)

Georgia State – Georgia State is 10-6 entering this tournament. They are batting .296 as a team and have a staff ERA of 3.24 (.285 average against them). Here are some of their top hitters to watch:

Ivie Drake – Junior – Catcher – .381 average, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBIs and has scored 13 runs on the year.

Megan Ltiumbe – Redshirt junior – OF 0 .361 average, 5 doubles, 3 home runs, 13 RBIs, and has scored 7 runs.

Remington Hasty – Sophomore – OF – .341 average, 4 doubles, 1 home run, 10 RBIs, and has scored 7 runs.

Top pitchers to watch:

Amanda Chance – Sophomore – RHP – 3-1 (2.95 ERA), 33.2 innings, allowing 44 hits, 14 runs, 11 walks and has 15 strike outs.

Emily Soles – Freshman – RHP – Soles is 3-2 (3.69 ERA) and has thrown 30.1 innings, allowing 31 hits, 19 runs, 9 walks and has struck out 10.

Syracuse – The Orange are 9-5 entering this tournament (face Georgia State first). They are batting .291 as a team. They have a staff ERA of 2.36 (.255 average against them).

Here are their leading hitters:

Bryce Holmgren – Sophomore – UTL – .489 average, 5 doubles, 1 home run, 10 RBIs, and has scored 8 runs.

Sammy Fernandez – Junior – INF – .439 average, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 6 RBIs, 13 runs scored, and 4 for 5 in steal attempts.

Sydney O’hara – Senior – OF/1B – .415 average, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 10 RBIs, and has scored 8 runs.

Alexa Romero – Freshman – LHP – 4-2 (1.53 ERA), has thrown 35.1 innings, allowing 32 hits, 8 runs, walking 13 and has struck out 30.

AnnaMarie Gatti – Junior – RHP – 2-2 (2.39 ERA), has thrown 29.1 innings, allowing 29 hits, 19 runs, 26 walks, and has struck out 19.

Ball State – The Cardinals are 3-11 entering the tournament (face University of Hartford, University of Pennsylvania, and Towson before USF). They are batting .228 as a team and have a staff ERA of 4.03 (.300 average against them).

Junae Hogg – Freshman – C – Batting .359, 4 doubles, home run, 5 RBIs, with 1 run scored.

Kennedy Wynn – Freshman – INF – Batting .333, 1 double, 6 RBIs, and has scored 1 run.

Rachel Houck – Senior – OF – Batting .256 with 6 doubles, 3 home runs, 12 RBIs, and has scored 12 runs.

Darcie Huber – Freshman – RHP – 3-3 (2.93 ERA), has thrown 43 innings, allowing 43 hits, 19 runs, walking 22 and has struck out 29.

Carolyn Wilmes – Junior – RHP – 0-6 (4.79 ERA), has thrown 30.2 innings, allowing 39 hits, 27 runs, walking 19 and has struck out 25.

Towson – Towson are 6-7 entering the tournament (face Fort Wayne, Western Michigan, and Ball State first). They are batting .285 as a team and have a staff ERA of 5.59 (.312 average against them).

Holiday Cahill – Senior – C/1B – Batting .389 with 3 doubles, 3 home runs, with 10 RBIs, and has scored 8 runs.

Shelby Stracher – Junior – C – .387 average, double, 2 home runs, with 8 RBIs and has scored 5 runs.

Madison Wilson – Freshman – Batting .350 with a double, 2 home runs, with 7 RBIs, has scored 9 runs and is 3 for 3 in steal attempts.

Julia Smith-Harrington – Freshman – RHP – 4-4 (3.98 ERA), has thrown 40.2 innings, allowing 43 hits, 22 runs, 18 walks and has struck out 19 batters.

Megan Dejter – Junior – RHP – 2-3 (7.46 ERA), has thrown 41 innings, allowing 63 hits, 42 runs, walking 9 and has struck out 18.

Villanova – Nova is 3-2 entering the tournament (face Fort Wayne, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, and Georgia State first). They have only played 5 games so far, so the stats are a bit off.

Tianah Hathaway – Junior – OF – 3 for 5 to start the year, with an RBI and has scored 2 runs.

Nikki Alden – Junior – INF – Alden is batting .429 with a triple, 2 home runs, with 6 RBIs, has scored 4 runs, and is 2 for 2 in steal attempts.

Lauren Herschberg – Senior – INF – .333 (5 for 15 to start the year) with 1 run scored.

Brette Lawrence – Senior – LHP – 2-1 (1.75 ERA), has thrown 20 innings, allowing 14 hits, 5 runs, walking 9 and has struck out 19 batters.

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