CARROLLTON, Ga. – A doubleheader sweep on Saturday at University Field was just what the doctor ordered for the UWG softball team, as the Wolves came back from a game one loss to win games two and three over the Lee Flames in Gulf South Conference play.
After last night’s extra inning loss, the Wolves came back and took down the Flames 5-2 in the first game of the doubleheader before exploding for 21 runs in the series finale, winning 21-5 in five innings.
The Wolves now sit at 21-22 overall with a 7-14 record in Gulf South Conference play. The Flames fall to 16-21 overall and 5-12 in league play.
The Flames took an early lead in the first game of the day, scoring in the second inning, to go ahead 1-0. But in the bottom half, Alley Taylor led off with a solo home run, her third of the year and then Ashley Ellison singled, stole second, stole third, and then came on in to score on an error by the Lee catcher, giving UWG the lead.
West Georgia never gave the lead back up, adding a run in the third on the second Cassie Henderson home run in as many days as the sophomore’s solo shot made it 3-1 after three.
The offense gave UWG starter Katie Foote two more insurance runs in the fourth as Peyton Stallworth led off with a double, and then came in to score on a Mallory Walker double. Walker then stole third, and scored another throwing error by the Flames’ catcher.
Foote finished the game, but did allow a second run in the seventh. The sophomore pitched all seven innings, and allowed a pair of earned runs on eight hits with just one strikeout as she moved to 7-5 on the year.
West Georgia had eight hits in the game, with Walker registering the only multi-hit game of the afternoon.
The bats came alive in a big way in the series finale, scoring 21 runs, the most under Al Thomas, and the highest single game total since the Wolves scored 23 against Clark Atlanta on March 29, 2016.
Three of those runs came in the opening inning as Lexie Stohr doubled home Mallory Walker, and then Raven Smith hit her first home run of the season, making it 3-0 after one inning.
Lee got two runs back in their half of the second, but the Wolves answered with six in the second, racking up seven hits in the frame. Mallory Walker drove in the first run of the second inning with a bases loaded single, and then Cassie Henderson picked up an easy RBI with a bases loaded walk. Smith, Stohr, and Alley Taylor then combined for three straight singles and UWG led it 9-2 after two innings.
Lee answered with three more runs in the third, but in the fourth, West Georgia would break it wide open, scoring 12 runs to make it 21-5.
In total, 14 batters came to the plate and eight of those recorded hits as UWG capitalized on three Lee errors to extend their lead to 16. Two of the hits in the fourth were home runs, as Raven Smith hit her second of the game, this one scoring three, and Kelsea Elrod also hit a three-run homer in the frame as she pinch hit late in the inning.
Lindsye Jefferson got the win as she came on in relief of game two Starter Morgan Goree. Jefferson gave up two hits over 2.1 innings allowing zero runs while striking out three.
At the plate, Hannah Scarbrough went 4-for-4 recording her team high 12th multi-hit game, and the fifth with at least three hits. Raven Smith also had a multi-hit game, going 3-for-3 with two home runs and six RBI. Mallory Walker, Lexie Stohr, and Peyton Stallworth also recorded multi-hit games in game two. Stohr had three RBI to go along with her two hits.
The Wolves totaled 19 hits on the afternoon with 11 different Wolves recording a hit.
The Wolves have an odd 13-day break now as the Wolves do not play next weekend, and resume action on April 12 at Auburn-Montgomery. That series begins with a 7 p.m. first pitch on Friday in Montgomery, Alabama.