CARROLLTON, Ga. – It was all smiles on Thursday as the Wolves softball team swept Georgia College in the 2019 home opener, taking down the Bobcats 4-1 and 8-0 in a non-conference doubleheader at University Field.
The Wolves got outstanding pitching in both games as Raya Moncus and Morgan Goree each struck out seven batters and combined to allow just one Bobcat run, while the UWG offense pounded out 12 runs on a trio of home runs over the 12 innings combined.
A leadoff double and an RBI single by Georgia College’s Haley Howell plated the first run of the day, giving the Bobcats an early 1-0 lead. From the second inning on though, Moncus was dialed in in the circle, allowing just seven hits over the final six innings. Moncus finished with just the one run allowed and completed her first complete game of the season with seven strikeouts and no walks.
It took until the fourth inning, but the Wolves got all the scoring they needed in the frame, scoring four on five hits. Peyton Stallworth started it off with a leadoff single, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Alley Taylor.
Allie Parkerson then hit her second home run of the season, scoring Stallworth to give UWG the lead. The very next batter, freshman Kelsea Elrod, then went back-to-back hitting her first career home run in just her third at bat.
Madison Slappey then singled and stole second and came around to score on an RBI single from Raven Smith.
Moncus allowed a hit in each of the final three innings, but that’s all Georgia College would get as the senior pitcher held on for her first win of the season.
Elrod led offensively with a 2-for-3 performance in game one with the one RBI. Parkerson finished 1-for-2 with the long ball and a pair of RBI, while Smith was 1-for-1 with a pair of walks and the one RBI.
The UWG offense scored eight runs in the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader, but the Wolves only needed one as junior pitcher Morgan Goree tossed a five-inning, one-hit, complete game shutout with seven strike outs in her home debut in a UWG uniform.
Mallory Walker won’t soon forget the first at bat of her senior season as she went deep to left center to put the Wolves up 1-0 with her fourth career home run at UWG.
Walker got her second RBI in the fourth inning as she drove in Madison Chambers, who led off the inning with a walk, with an RBI single. Walker later scored on a sacrifice fly by Alley Taylor, making it 3-0 in favor of the Wolves.
The Wolves did their damage in the fifth as they scored five runs on three hits and a Bobcat error. Madison Slappey reached on an error to begin the frame and then came around to score along with Hannah Scarbrough on a 2 RBI single from Stallworth. Madison Chambers drove in two more on another single and then scored the eighth run as Walker reached on a fielder’s choice, ending the game after five with an eight run lead.
Walker finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Stallworh and Chambers also had two RBI performances in game two.
The Wolves remain home over the weekend, opening Gulf South Conference play with a visit from in-state rival Shorter. The series begins with a doubleheader set to begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 15. The series final is set for Saturday at 1 p.m.