MONTGOMERY, Ala. – After a tough, one-run loss last night, the UWG softball team came back on Saturday, winning a pair of Gulf South Conference games to take the series over Auburn Montgomery on the road.
The Wolves took game two of the series to open the doubleheader by a 4-2 final before winning the series finale 2-1. It’s the first back-to-back GSC series wins for UWG softball since early March of last season, and handed Auburn Montgomery just their second GSC series loss this season.
With the wins, UWG is now 23-23 overall and 9-15 in Gulf South Conference play while AUM moves to 35-11 overalll and 15-9 in GSC play.
Morgan Goree was impressive and the offense gave her four runs of support in the opener of the doubleheader and game two of the weekend’s series. The Wolves had just six hits on the day, but the junior Goree held the Warhawks to just four hits and two runs in a complete game victory.
West Georgia never trailed as the Wolves led 1-0 after a Raven Smith RBI single in the third, scoring Madison Slappey who led off the inning with a single.
After AUM tied things back up in their half of the third, the Wolves broke the tie with a wild pitch brining across Mallory Walker, making it 2-1, Wolves. Smith did it again an inning later, giving Goree a pair of insurance runs with her second hit of the game, and giving her two more RBI on the day to make it 4-1.
Michaelyn Foster led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot to cut the UWG lead to two, and the Warhawks got the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the seventh, but Goree slammed the door with a punch out to end the game.
Goree allowed the two earned runs over seven innings, while striking out seven. Offensively, Smith led the way with two singles and three RBI. Senior catcher Mallory Walker was 1-for-2 with two walks and a pair of runs scored.
West Georgia got another masterful performance in the circle in game two, this one from senior Raya Moncus as she tossed a complete game, allowing just one run on five hits.
The UWG offense gave Moncus a lead before she even touched a ball as Hannah Scarbrough led off with a single, stole second, and then scored on an RBI single from Mallory Walker.
Walker scored the second run of the game in the third inning, capitalizing on an AUM error, to put the Wolves up 2-0.
That run would prove to be a big one as with two outs in the seventh, AUM cut the lead with an run-scoring triple, but Moncus would get a strikeout to end the game, and win the series for the Wolves.
Moncus struck out six batters in the game while giving up the one run on five hits. At the plate, Mallory Walker had two of UWG’s four hits, and drove in one run and scored the other. UWG also had hits from Hannah Scarbrough and Lexie Stohr in the win.
West Georgia returns to non-conference play on Wednesday, traveling to Young Harris for a midweek doubleheader.