Albany State softball is back in action this weekend to kick off their season. They will play host to the Montreat College Cavaliers in a 4 game series to open up the year.
Coming off of an excellent season last year that saw the Golden Rams hold a record of 35-9 overall , a 16-3 in conference record. In the 2022 season the Golden Rams were the SIAC East Division champs, but ultimately fell short in their goal of winning the conference championship. Albany State will have a new head man in the form of Jason Bryant. After serving as the head coach at Brewton Parker College and Fort Valley State University, Jason Bryant joins Albany State University. Jason has won more than 400 softball games as a head coach. Jason has additionally received four Coach of the Year awards.
Ahead of the season opener I was able to catch up with sophomore second baseman Madison Hurt who is coming off of a phenomenal freshman campaign that saw her finish top 5 in the SIAC in steals, hits, total bases and runs scored. She also finished 8th in the conference with a .485 batting average. I asked here a few questions and she stated that ” last year was a team full of freshman and our main focus is to build off of what we did last year in hopes of winning the SIAC championship”. She also explain that last year was her freshman year, so now she is looking to step into more of a leadership role and get the team to their goal of being champions of the SIAC.
Albany State looks to have their eyes set on winning it all this year and with a lot of returners for the Golden Rams , I think it is very obtainable. Albany State has 4 returners that were given pre-season honors ahead of their season opener. Albany States sophomores Trista Murphy and Keyetta Ayers were named to the first team, while senior Glory Seay and sophomore Romona McLeod were named to the second team. I am excited to see what ASU softball has in store for the upcoming 2023 season.