CARROLLTON, Ga. – It was a day one split for the UWG softball team, as the Wolves won the opening game 6-3 over the visiting Valdosta State Blazers before falling in game two by a 5-3 score at University Field.
The win in game one snapped a nine-game Gulf South Conference losing streak, and with the game two loss, UWG finished the day at 22-21 overall in 2018, with a 9-17 mark in GSC play. Valdosta State ended the day 32-9 overall, with an 18-7 conference record.
Valdosta State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the opening inning, using two hits and a wild pitch to take the early advantage.
But the UWG starter, Danielle Easterly, settled in and rattled off a scoreless frame in both the second and third innings, allowing the West Georgia offense to give Easterly some run support with a six-run third inning. A leadoff walk and a single set up a sac bunt situation, which then put two runners in scoring position with one out. The Wolves then loaded the bases and got on board as Peyton Stallworth reached ona fielder’s choice while driving in a run. Mallory Walker then drove in two with a single to center field, and Lexie Stohr then delivered a huge hit to break the game open. The junior homered down the right field line, her third of the season, to put the Wolves up 6-1.
VSU’s Taylor Hartenbach homered in the fifth inning, cutting the lead to 6-3, but that’s all the Blazers could muster.
Easterly earned the win, going 4.2 innings with four hits and three runs allowed while striking out four. Katie Foote came on in relief in the fifth inning, allowing just two hits in the final 2.1 innings of the game to collect her second save of the season.
Mallory Walker finished the day with two hits and two RBI, while Stohr had the big hit with three RBI to lead the UWG offense.
Just like in game one, the Blazers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, and it turned into a lead that VSU would never relinquish. The Blazers struck for four more in the fifth inning on a pair of long home runs, one by Brandy Morgan and the other by Cassey Cornelius.
VSU kept the Wolves at bay until the fifth inning when UWG cut into the lead with a pair of runs. Madison Chambers singled down the line, scoring Ashley Ellison, who led off the inning with a double. Ellison then scored on a Mallory Walker double to right center.
Another UWG run in the sixth cut the lead to two, as Alley Taylor singled home Trinity Kirkland, making it 5-3, VSU. The Wolves got a baserunner in the seventh, but were unable to score.
West Georgia used three pitchers on the day with Zoie LaVergne being the most effective. The senior pitched 2.1 innings and gave up just two hits and no runs.
Peyton Stallworth had three hits in the game, while Mallory Walker had another good game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The series concludes with a single game tomorrow at University Field. The Wolves and Blazers begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday.