CARROLLTON, Ga. – Head coach Al Thomas and the West Georgia Wolves softball team got exactly what they needed on Wednesday afternoon, winning a pair of games over Georgia Southwestern, sweeping the doubleheader with scores of 14-13 and 8-0 at University Softball Field.
After a two-plus hour offensive explosion that featured 27 runs and 29 hits combined in game one, Katie Foote came out in game two and dominated in the circle, pitching six innings of shutout softball in the Wolves’ run-rule victory.
The wins moves West Georgia to 17-9 on the season as they go back to Gulf South Conference play this weekend against Montevallo. Georgia Southwestern fell to 11-18 overall with the losses.
Ashley Ellison went 5-for-6 on the day in the two games combined while Mallory Walker was 5-for-8 with four RBI.
As has been the theme this season, West Georgia pounced right out of the gate with a six spot in the opening inning. Alley Taylor led off the bottom half with a single and then stole second, and after Ashley Ellison walked, the double steal was on setting up two runners in scoring position for Peyton Stallworth. The junior then drew a walk, loading the bases for Sydney Smith who got the first run across the hard way, taking one off the hip.
Lexi Close and Mallory Walker then got back-to-back hits pushing three runs across, making it a four run lead. Sierra Stella drove in the last two runs of the inning with a two-out single to right field.
After a scoreless frame in the second, Georgia Southwestern got two runs back in the third, chasing the UWG starter Raya Moncus.
But the Wolves would come right back with three more runs in their half of the third with Sydney Smith and Mallory Walker picking up an RBI each while Walker scored the third run of the inning on a GSW error.
The teams combined for three runs in the fourth, with UWG getting two more to stretch the lead to 11-3.
The eight run lead would be short lived as the Canes struck for eight runs in the fifth, highlighted by Hayley Tierce’s grand slam, her 11th home run of the season. West Georgia then got two unearned runs in the fifth to take the late lead, but again GSW would tie it up with a pair of runs on three hits in their half of the sixth.
With things tied up 13-13 in the seventh, Sydney Smith got on with a hit-by-pitch, and moved to second on a passed ball. Lexi Close then grounded out to advance the runner. Mallory Walker then hit a comebacker to the pitcher to drive in the game-winning run.
Raya Moncus who started the game and then exited came back on to pitch in the sixth, earning the win.
Walker finished the game 4-for-4 with three RBI, while Lexi Close and Ashley Ellison also had multi-hit games. Close, along with Sydney Smith, drove in two runs in game one.
Again, UWG got out to an early lead, scoring a pair of runs in the opening inning. Alley Taylor and Ashley Ellison each walked to leadoff the game, with Taylor coming around to score on a wild pitch. Ellison then scored on an RBI-double from Sydney Smith.
That proved to be enough for UWG’s freshman starter Katie Foote as she earned her seventh win of the season, going six innings, allowing just four hits while striking out five and walking none.
West Georgia got four runs in the second, getting five straight hits in the inning. Stallworth, Stella, and Ellison got the RBI in the inning with Ellison driving in two of the runs on a single to right field.
It wasn’t until the fourth inning when UWG would put another run on the board as Lexie Stohr drove in Ellison. Just as the game started with Alley Taylor scoring on a wild pitch, Taylor would score the eight and game winning run on a wild pitch, giving UWG their third straight win.
Taylor finished 2-for-3 at the leadoff spot, while Ellison was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI.Lexie Stohr and Sydney Smith also picked up RBI.
The Wolves return to GSC action this weekend hosting Montevallo in a three-game series at University Field. The series begins with a 4 p.m. single game on Friday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader set for Saturday.