GULF SHORES, Ala. – It was two wins a two completely different ways on Friday as the UWG softball team opened the year 2-0 with wins over Tuskegee and Mobile on opening day of the Gulf Coast Invitational in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Game One (Tuskegee)
The Wolves opened the year against SIAC foe Tuskegee with a 5-4 win. UWG fell behind early as the Golden Tigers manufactured a first-inning run. The Wolves tied it up in the bottom of the second on a Madison Slappey triple that pushed across Raven Smith.
Lexie Stohr and Madison Chambers each singled home runs in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead, but Tuskegee tagged UWG starter Lexi Close for a three spot in their half of the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.
Slappey, who finished the day with three-hits in three tries, scored the game-tying run in the fourth by singling, stealing second, and then eventually scoring on an RBI groundout by Ashley Ellison.
Raven Smith, Slappey, and Hannah Scarbrough had three consecutive singles in the sixth to push across the go-ahead run as it was Scarbrough who singled to score Smith.
Katie Foote came on in relief of Close and pitched 3.1 innings of shutout ball with three strikeouts. Close finished with four earned while striking out six.
Slappey, Smith, and Scarbrough combined for eight of West Georgia’s 10 hits in the game.
Game Two (Mobile)
The second game of the day was completely opposite as the Wolves turned the bats on and pounded Mobile to a run-rule, five-inning 9-0 victory.
The scoring started in the second as Allie Parkerson hit her first home run of the season on her first at-bat of the season, also driving in Beatriz Cardoza to make it an early 2-0 lead.
One inning later, the Wolves struck for four as Raven Smith singled home Ashley Ellison and Madison Slappey and then later came in to score on another UWG home run, this one off the bat of Madison Chambers.
Smith picked up her third RBI of the day in the top of the fourth as she singled home Alley Taylor. It would be Taylor to deliver the final blow for the Wolves as she homered to left center to put the Wolves up 9-0.
In the circle, junior Lindsye Jefferson and Raya Moncus combined for the shutout. Jefferson pitched four innings allowing three hits while Moncus pitched the final frame. Both Jefferson and Moncus struck out one batter.
Smith and Taylor each had multi-hit days with Smith leading the way with three RBI.
The Wolves are back in action in Gulf Shores tomorrow taking on Lander and Saint Leo. First pitch for the first game of the day for UWG is set for 4 p.m. EST