CARROLLTON, Ga. – An eight game skid came to an end on Wednesday afternoon as the West Georgia Wolves softball team swept a non-conference doubleheader over Augusta, winning game one 7-5 and game two 12-2 in six innings.
The Wolves had previously lost eight straight, and regained momentum in a big way before a crucial Gulf South Conference series this weekend.
After scoring six runs in five games combined last week, the Wolves’ offense exploded for 19 runs and 24 hits over the course of Wednesday’s doubleheader. Lexie Stohr and Sydney Smith each had four hits in the doubleheader, while Mallory Walker led the team in RBI with five in game two. Alley Taylor drove in four runs in the two games combined.
The wins put West Georgia back over .500 on the year, sitting at 21-20 while Augusta dropped to 14-28.
Augusta struck for three runs before the Wolves even touched a bat as the Jags touched up Katie Foote for three runs on a pair of hits and an error in the first.
In the next inning, Augusta used a single, a deep fly ball and a double to add to their lead. But in the bottom half, Sydney Smith led off with a double, and scored on an RBI-single from Peyton Stallworth.
Neither team would score again until the bottom of the third when West Georgia struck for three. Sydney Smith led the frame off with a single, and then Mallory Walker and Beatriz Cardoza ripped back-to-back doubles, making it a 4-3 deficit. Lexie Stohr then drove in Cardoza with a double of her own, tying the game up at 4-4.
Three hits in the top of the fifth yielded the go-ahead run for Augusta, as they went up 5-4 on the Alexis Schlein RBI-single.
But West Georgia wouldn’t lay down and die as the Wolves put up three runs in the sixth. Cardoza led off with a single, and moved to second on a sac bunt, and gave way to Abbey Thomason who pinch ran at second. The move paid off as Thomason came around to score on a Lexi Close double, to tie the game at 5-5. Alley Taylor provided a pair of insurance runs as she doubled to score Close and Stohr who had singled to get aboard.
The Jaguars loaded the bases on reliever Zoie LaVergne in the seventh, but Al Thomas went back to starter Katie Foote who came on and shut the door to earn her first career save.
Lexie Stohr ended the game 3-for-3 with an RBI while Sydney Smith and Beatriz Cardoza each had multi-hit games. Cardoza had a pair of RBI two go with her two hits. Alley Taylor finished 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
In the circle, LaVergne earned the win, while Foote came back in to earn the save, finishing with 5.2 innings pitched and four strikeouts.
West Georgia jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after two innings in game two. Alley Taylor scored the first and only run of the opening inning, leading off with a single, and then scoring three batters later on a Sydney Smith single.
The Wolves got four runs in the second inning, and got started on a leadoff double from Beatriz Cardoza. Alley Taylor then drove in a run with a fielder’s choice. Madison Chambers then added two more with her seventh home run of the season, making it a 5-0 game.
Augusta used two hits and a walk to claw their way back into it with two run in the fourth, cutting the UWG lead to three.
Mallory Walker drove in a run in the fifth with a bases loaded single in the bottom of the fifth, and then Taylor drove in the seventh run of the game with a sac fly, scoring Stallworth.
In the sixth, the Wolves got a run as Lexi Close earned an RBI the hard way, getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The next batter, Mallory Walker, ended the game as she hit a grand slam to make it 10-run lead, thus earning the Wolves a run-rule victory in six innings.
The homer was the third of the season for Walker, who finished 2-for-5 with five RBI. Alley Taylor, Sydney Smith, and Peyton Stallworth each had multi-hit games while Taylor and Madison Chambers each had two RBI in game two.
Lindsye Jefferson pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on four hits with one strikeout.
West Georgia welcomes rival Valdosta State to Carrollton this weekend for a three-game series at University Field. Impending weather forecasts have forced another schedule change as the Wolves and Blazers will now meet in a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Friday before finishing the series in a Saturday single game at noon.