FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University softball team will play host to Georgia College & State University, coached by former Patriot outfielder and 2001 FMU graduate Ginger Miller, for a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader, Friday (Feb. 25) at 1 p.m. Admission is free.
The Patriots, under first-year head coach Stacey Johnson, are 13-1 overall and 2-0 in the PBC, while GC&SU is 7-3 and 2-0. The two squads are the only remaining unbeaten teams in Peach Belt play.
The Patriots are hitting .360 as a team, led by senior center fielder Betsy Bouknight with a blistering .500 average. FMU has outscored its opponents this season 94-27, with 12 of the opponents’ runs being unearned. Sophomore right-handers Jessica Johnson (7-0, 1.31 earned run average) and Sam Goff (6-1, 1.77 ERA) own the FMU pitching decisions.
Miller was named interim head coach for the GC&SU program on Jan. 4 following the resignation of head coach Windy Thees, who left to accept the head coaching position at the University of Memphis. Miller served as an assistant on Thees' staff for the 2004 season, during which the Lady Bobcats recorded a 33-18 record.
Following her graduation from FMU, Miller spent two seasons as an assistant coach at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. The Wingate, N.C., native was a four-year starter in the Patriots’ outfield. As a senior, she set a team single-season record with 21 doubles and earned All-Region honors. In 192 career games, she batted .328 with 88 runs scored, five home runs, and 60 runs batted in.
FMU leads the all-time series with GC&SU 17-12.
Following Friday’s twinbill, FMU will play host to Queens University of Charlotte on Sunday at 1 p.m.