CLEARWATER, Fla. – In the final game of the weekend, the UWG softball team fell to the 18th-ranked Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish 7-1 in Clearwater, Florida as part of the NFCA Leadoff Classic.
West Georgia completes the tournament at 1-4 against some of the top competition in all of Division II softball, putting their overall record at 5-5.
The Wolves led after an inning of play as the Wolves got a runner on via a PBA error and then after a hit by pitch put two runners on, sophomore Alley Taylor singled to center field to score Ashley Ellison to put the Wolves up 1-0.
That lead held up until the Sailfish exploded for seven runs on four hits and a UWG error to take a commanding 7-1 lead. Six of the seven Sailfish runs came with two outs in the inning.
Katie Foote and Morgan Goree both pitched with Foote starting and taking the loss while allowing two earned runs. Goree got tagged for five unearned runs in 2.1 innings pitched.
Offensively, the Wolves had just five hits with two of those coming off of Ellison’s bat who finished 2-for-3. Taylor had the one hit, an RBI and a stolen base while the other hits came from Cassie Henderson and Kristyn Nix.
After playing error free softball for five game in Gulf Shores last week, the Wolves defense made four errors this past weekend, including the one on Sunday that proved to be costly. The Wolves also struggled to get a key hit on Sunday, going 1-for-14 with runners on and just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
The Wolves are now set for their home opener scheduled for Wednesday, February 13 at 3 p.m. as West Georgia welcomes Georgia College to University Softball Field for a doubleheader.