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Inaugural GGC baseball, softball schedules announced

Georgia Gwinnett College

Georgia Gwinnett College

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Staff Photo: Will Hammock Kat Ihlenburg is the first head coach of the Georgia Gwinnett College fastpitch softball program. She coached previously at the College of Charleston.

Georgia Gwinnett College released its inaugural schedules for its baseball and fastpitch softball teams, which begin play in February. Both teams will play at the school's new $13.5 million varsity athletics complex on campus.

The Grizzlies' baseball team will make its debut Friday, Feb. 8 with a 3 p.m. home game against Voorhees College, part of a three-game weekend homestand. The team will play a 52-game season, highlighted by 19 home games in March and concluding with an April 22-23 road trip to Lee University (Tenn.).

"We have built a very competitive schedule that will test our program in its first season," GGC head baseball coach Brad Stromdahl said. "We will have the opportunity to establish our team, see where we stand and continue to improve. We will face some of the best teams in the country as we play eight games against teams from last year's national top 25 and we are excited about building toward the challenge."

GGC begins its first softball season Saturday, Feb. 9 with a home doubleheader against Faulkner University that begins at 2 p.m. Half of the program's 56 games are at home, with most of those coming early in the season. The Grizzlies have just one home doubleheader in April after hosting six in February and eight in March. The season finale is April 20 at Voorhees.

"Our schedule is full of challenging opponents who are consistently ranked highly in the NAIA," GGC head softball coach Kat Ihlenburg said. "Quite a few of our opponents have made it to the NAIA championship tournament and we want to compete right away with the best teams in the country.

The full schedule is as follows:

BASEBALL

2013 Georgia Gwinnett College Baseball Schedule

Date Opponent Time

Feb. 8 Voorhees College 3 p.m.

Feb. 9 Voorhees College 2 p.m.

Feb. 10 Voorhees College 1 p.m.

Feb. 13 at Truett McConnell 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 15 Bryan College 5 p.m.

Feb. 16 Bryan College (DH) 1 p.m.

Feb. 19 at Point University TBA

Feb. 22 at Reinhardt University 4 p.m.

Feb. 23 Reinhardt University (DH) 2 p.m.

Feb. 26 Southern Poly (DH) 2 p.m.

Feb. 27 at Tennessee Wesleyan 2 p.m.

March 1 at USC-Beaufort TBA

March 2 at USC-Beaufort TBA

March 3 at USC-Beaufort TBA

March 4 at Emmanuel College 5 p.m.

March 6 Montreat College (DH) 2 p.m.

March 8 Talladega College 5 p.m.

March 9 Talladega College (DH) 1 p.m.

March 12 Point University 5 p.m.

March 14 Ohio State-Lima 7 p.m.

March 15 Ohio State-Lima (DH) 2 p.m.

March 16 Ohio State-Lima Noon

March 19 at Reinhardt University 5 p.m.

March 20 Reinhardt University 5 p.m.

March 22 at Covenant College 3 p.m.

March 23 Covenant College (DH) 1 p.m.

March 24 Cumberland University (DH) 1 p.m.

March 27 Toccoa Falls College (DH) 2 p.m.

March 29 at Emmanuel College 5 p.m.

March 30 Emmanuel College (DH) 2 p.m.

April 2 at Voorhees College (DH) Noon

April 5 at Thomas University 6 p.m.

April 6 at Thomas University 4 p.m.

April 7 at Thomas University 1 p.m.

April 10 at North Georgia 7 p.m.

April 13 Emory University 2 p.m.

April 16 Southern Poly (DH) Noon

April 17 Tennessee Wesleyan 4 p.m.

April 22 at Lee University 6 p.m.

April 23 at Lee University 4 p.m.

SOFTBALL

2013 Georgia Gwinnett College Softball Schedule

Date Opponent Time

Feb. 9 Faulkner University (DH) 2 p.m.

Feb. 12 Reinhardt University (DH) 2 p.m.

Feb. 16 Voorhees College (DH) 2 p.m.

Feb. 17 Embry-Riddle (DH) Noon

Feb. 19 at Emmanuel College (DH) 3 p.m.

Feb. 21 at Faulkner University (DH) 4 p.m.

Feb. 23 Truett-McConnell (DH) 1 p.m.

Feb. 26 Lee University (DH) 3 p.m.

March 1 Thomas University (DH) TBA

March 2 Southern Wesleyan (DH) TBA

March 3 Marion Military Institute (DH) 3 p.m.

March 6 Gordon College (DH) 3 p.m.

March 8-10 at Mobile Tournament (Ala.) TBA

March 13 at USC-Beaufort (DH) 3 p.m.

March 16 Georgia Perimeter College (DH) 3 p.m.

March 19 Emmanuel College (DH) 3 p.m.

March 21 Talladega College (DH) 4 p.m.

March 24 Martin Methodist (DH) 2 p.m.

March 27 at Southern Wesleyan (DH) 5 p.m.

April 2 at Talladega College (DH) 5 p.m.

April 4 at Truett-McConnell (DH) 4 p.m.

April 9 at Thomas University (DH) 2 p.m.

April 13 at Martin Methodist (DH) 2 p.m.

April 14 at Reinhardt University (DH) 2 p.m.

April 16 at Lee University (DH) 3 p.m.

April 17 USC-Beaufort (DH) 2 p.m.

April 20 at Voorhees College (DH) 2 p.m.