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Boiling Springs, N.C. - The Gardner-Webb softball team will open up their 2012 season this week, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will host Morgan State in a twin bill at home on Friday, February 17th, at 1 p.m. and then will hit the road to take on Furman in a non-conference double tilt on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Greenville, S.C.


* The Runnin' Bulldogs are 4-7 in season openers since 2001. Nine of those 11 contests were on the road. In fact, Coach Cole's squad has opened up on the road each of the last seven years.

* Last year, the Runnin' Bulldogs went 6-7 overall at home, playing only 13 games at Varsity Field for the entire season.

* The Runnin' Bulldogs have five all-conference players returning this season in Samantha Meenaghan, Melinda Dulkowski, Morgan Baker, McKenzie Morenus and Cindy Boomhower.  Meenaghan, who was also named the 2011 Big South Freshman of the Year, Dulkowski and Baker were all named to the All-Conference First-Team last season.  In 2010, Morenus was named to the All-Conference First-Team, while Boomhower earned a spot on the second-team.

* Gardner-Webb returns all but two players from last year's team that loss in the semifinals of the 2011 Big South Softball Championship Tournament to the eventual champions in Liberty.


* The Lady Bears softball team was picked to finish tied with Hampton for fifth-place in the MEAC North Division. Morgan State and Hampton both received 174 points, but the Lady Bears earned one first-place vote, as voted by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.

* Last season the Lady Bears finished 9-6 in league play good for second in the North Division, their highest finish in years. Morgan State finished with an overall record of 16-27 matching the program's most wins under ninth-year head coach Jeff Bozier since his first year at the helm in 2003-04. However, the Lady Bears were eliminated on the first day of the MEAC Championship with losses to Norfolk State, followed by rival Coppin State.

* The Runnin' Bulldogs have not faced the Lady Bears of Morgan State on the softball diamond.



* Furman is already 0-3 thus far on the season and will play at nationally ranked Georgia Tech on Wednesday, February 15th. 

* The Paladins' return two pitchers and six position starters from a 2011 squad that finished with an 18-35 overall record and tied for seventh in the SoCon at 9-15.

* GWU swept Furman at home last season on February 19th, as the Runnin' Bulldogs defeated the Paladins 6-5 and 3-2 in a non-conference twin bill. Prior to last year's sweep, Gardner-Webb had lost three straight to Furman dating back to 2008.


Links to live stats for all four contests will be available on the softball schedule page next to the associated game at www.gwusports.com.

To view the complete week one softball game notes (February 13-19) you can click on the attached pdf or go to the softball home page and click on the weekly notes tab in the top menu bar.


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