CARROLLTON, Ga. - The weather brought cold and wind, but it couldn’t cool off the UWG softball offense as the Wolves pounded out 20 runs in a doubleheader sweep of West Alabama on Monday afternoon, winning the three-game Gulf South Conference series.
West Georgia jumped out to a 12-3 lead after three innings and held off the Tigers for a 12-8 win in game one and then came back with an 8-0, five-inning victory in the final game of the series, improving to 12-11 overall and 3-6 in Gulf South Conference play. The Tigers finish the weekend at 10-9 overall and 4-4 in league play.
Cassie Henderson had a career day, rattling off six hits and driving in four RBI in the two games combined.
In the opener of the doubleheader, Lexi Close got the start and was smooth sailing into the third inning when she ran into trouble, allowing three runs on three hits and at that point made way for Raya Moncus out of the bullpen.
But the bats of West Georgia had Close’s back as they struck for 12 runs in the bottom half of the inning. Madison Slappey started it with a single, followed by another single from Scarbrough. Allie Parkerson then ripped a one-out single to score Slappey. Two more runs then scored on a wild pitch, to make it 3-0 Wolves.
The inning continued with a Madison Chambers walk, a Peyton Stallworth single, and an Alley Taylor walk to load the bases. Beatriz Cardoza then drove in a run on a sac fly to right field. The Wolves then scored eight runs with two outs as Cassie Henderson doubled down the left field line to score two and then scored on a Madison Slappey double. Scarbrough then singled home Slappey, and took second on the throw. Walker then drove in two more with another double, and the inning ended with Stallowrth doubling and then being thrown out at third, but not before the Wolves led 12-3.
The Tigers scored three in the fifth and two more in the seventh to make things interesting, but Lindsye Jefferson came in to close the door and even the series at 1-1.
Cassie Henderson was 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Wolves offense, while Scarbrough, Walker, Stallworth, and Slappey also had multi-hit games. Walker also drove in a pair of runs.
The Wolves’ bats stayed hot into the final game of the series, as UWG used five hits to score four runs in the opening inning to give Katie Foote an early cushion in the circle.
Madison Chambers doubled home Scarbrough to open the scoring, followed by a two-RBI single from Stallworth and an RBI double from Cassie Henderson.
Henderson later picked up another RBI as she doubled home Alley Taylor in the third inning.
It was Scarbrough whose fifth-inning single made it 6-0 as she scored Henderson who reached on her sixth hit of the day in the two games combined. Ellison then homered to right field to score two and end the game in the fifth.
Foote pitched her third complete game of the week, allowing three hits in five innings while striking out five to earn her fourth win of the season. Foote lowered her ERA to 1.47 as she leads the team in that category.
West Georgia is at home on Wednesday for a midweek doubleheader hosting Christian Brothers in non-conference action. The action gets underway at 2 p.m. from University Field.