CARROLLTON, Ga. – The Gulf South Conference schedule began Friday as the UWG softball team split with in-state rival Shorter in Friday’s doubleheader at University Field.
West Georgia fell in game one by a 5-1 count and then despite trailing in the sixth inning, pulled through with a big comeback win in game two, thanks to a grand slam from sophomore Alley Taylor to split with the visiting Hawks. After the split, the Wolves are currently 8-6 with a 1-1 mark in GSC play while the Hawks moved to 8-4 and also 1-1 in league play.
Shorter’s starter Payton Lippert quieted the UWG bats in the series opener, pitching a complete game and allowing just one run on four hits.
The Hawks led 1-0 after the first inning, and that score held until senior Lexie Stohr tied things up with her first home run of the season, a towering shot to right center. The very next inning, however, the Hawks struck for three runs on two hits and an error.
In the fifth inning, Shorter would add another insurance run to make it 5-1, which is how the series opener would end.
Junior right-hander Lindsye Jefferson took the loss, pitching three innings and giving up a pair of earned runs. Morgan Goree and Katie Foote both pitched in relief with Foote pitching 2.1 innings of shutout softball.
Hannah Scarbrough had two of West Georgia’s hits while Stohr had one as did Peyton Stallworth.
The second game of the afternoon didn’t start well for the Wolves as UWG was tagged for three Shorter runs on four hits.
In the third inning, Scarbrough led off with a double and then came around to score on a two-run home run by Stallworth, cutting the deficit to just one. But the Hawks got those two back in the very next half inning, capitalizing on a UWG error.
Things looked bleak as the Hawks continued to lead into the sixth inning, but freshman Maddie Gorsuch led things off with a single, and then got to third as Madison Chambers and Olivia Jacobs drew back-to-back walks. After a Shorter pitching change, Alley Taylor came up in a big way, drilling the ball over the right field fence for a go-ahead grand slam.
The Wolves added another run in the frame as Scarbrough registered her second hit of the game and fourth of the day to make it 7-5.
Scarbrough’s RBI single proved to be big as the Hawks would score a sixth run in the top of the seventh, but Raya Moncus slammed the door, pitching her second complete game in as many days to improve her record to 2-0.
Taylor finished with the game-high four RBI, but it was Scarbrough who had the only multi-hit game for the Wolves. Stallworth finished game two 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
The Wolves and Hawks meet for a decisive game three tomorrow at 1 p.m. from University Field.