CLEARWATER, Fla. – Day one of the NFCA Leadoff Classic was a split for the West Georgia Wolves softball team as UWG defeated Indianapolis 8-0 in game one before falling to Tampa in game two by a 6-0 final.
The split puts the Wolves at 5-2 on the season after day one of three in Clearwater, Florida.
Game One (Indianapolis)
Junior Lindsye Jefferson pitched a gem of a game in the early game and got plenty of run support as the Wolves won the opener of the NFCA Leadoff Classic. Jefferson pitched all five innings of UWG’s run-rule victory allowing just two hits while striking out three.
After Jefferson shut Indy down in order in the first, the UWG offense put a five spot on the board in the bottom half and never looked back. Alley Taylor got it started with a single, and then the Wolves drew three straight walks to score their first run. Peyton Stallworth then singled home a pair followed by a sacrifice fly from Allie Parkerson. Lexi Close drove in the final two of the frame with a double.
In the second UWG got three more as Taylor and Ashley Ellison each walked and advanced on a passed ball and then came in to score on a Raven Smith single. Smith then came in to score as Allie Parkerson drove in a run with a single.
That would be all the runs Jefferson would need as she didn’t allow a runner past second base over the final three innings, earning her third win of the season.
Lexi Close led offensively with a 2-for-2 night at the plate with a pair of RBI while the Wolves also got multi-RBI performances from Stallworth and Parkerson who finished 1-for-3 and 1-for-2, respectively.
Game Two (Tampa)
The bats went silent in game two of the day as the Wolves mustered just three hits against Tampa’s starter Corynn Miner who pitched a complete game shutout with seven strikeouts.
In the circle for West Georgia was the much anticipated debut of junior Morgan Goree. The Senoia native was smooth sailing until the third when the Spartans sandwiched a sac bunt in between two singles to manufacture the game’s first run.
The Spartans added two more runs on an error in the bottom of the fifth to push their lead to three, and broke it open in the sixth with a three-spot, with the big blow coming on a two-run homer by Lexie Chevalier.
For the Wolves, Peyton Stallworth had one of their three hits while sophomore right fielder Madison Slappey rebounded from an 0-for-2 performance earlier in the day to go 2-for-2 against Tampa.
The NFCA Leadoff Classic continues on Saturday for the Wolves with another pair of games in Clearwater. The action begins at 4:30 as the Wolves go head-to-head with the nation’s second ranked team, Southern Arkansas. West Georgia concludes day two in Clearwater taking on Harding at 6:30 p.m.