CARROLLTON, Ga. – A doubleheader split was the fate of the UWG softball team on Friday afternoon as the Wolves defeated Delta State 13-1 in game one and fell 8-4 in game two in Gulf South Conference action at University Softball Field.
The Wolves move to 13-7 on the year with the split, and are 6-5 in Gulf South Conference play. DSU goes to 12-13 overall and 5-6 in league play.
West Georgia jumped all over Delta State in the first inning, sending 11 batters to the plate and slugging seven hits for eight runs in the opening inning. Alley Taylor started it off with a single and then stole second and scored on a Lexie Stohr single. Sydney Smith, Peyton Stallworth, and Lexi Close then got consecutive singles to drive in a total of five runs. Alley Taylor added three more in her second at-bat of the inning with her first career home run.
Mallory Walker picked up an RBI in the second, and then it was Taylor again who drove in two more with a triple to the left field corner.
UWG’s starter Lindsye Jefferson pitched a complete game, and allowed her only run of the game on a fourth inning solo shot from DSU’s Carlie Vice.
West Georgia added two more runs for good measure in the fourth inning, stretching the lead to 12 runs and then closing things out in the next half inning to finish the game in five.
Taylor went 3-for-3 with five RBI and was a double shy of hitting for the cycle, but drew a walk in her final at bat. Stallworth, Close, and Mallory Walker each had multi-hit games, and combined to drive in five of West Georgia’s runs.
The second game of the doubleheader was a roller coaster affair as there were four lead changes in the contest.
Taylor got it started again for the Wolves in the first inning with a leadoff single, and then stole second and scored as Sydney Smith put the Wolves on the board with a single up the middle.
Delta State responded with a run in the second and then two runs in the third, taking their first lead of the day and chasing game two starter Lexi Close, who went just 2.1 innings and allowed three runs on four hits.
The score would stay 3-1 in DSU’s favor until a dramatic bottom of the sixth when Sydney Smith started it off with a one-out single. Smith then moved to second as Ashley Ellison was hit with a pitch. Both Ellison and Smith came around to score as Peyton Stallworth hit her second home run of the season, giving UWG a 4-3 lead.
It turned out to be all for naught as the Statesmen came back from another one run deficit with five runs in the final frame. UWG got two runners on in the seventh, but couldn’t push a run across.
Danielle Easterly took the loss for the Wolves, while Raya Moncus also saw time in the circle in relief.
Offensively, Sydney Smith was 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the way. Stallworth had another mutli-hit game with the three RBI on the long ball.
The Wolves and Lady Statesmen meet tomorrow for the series finale at University Softball Field. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.