GULF SHORES, Ala. – The UWG softball team didn’t let an extra-inning defeat ruin day two of the Gulf Coast Invitational on Saturday as the Wolves fell to Lander 7-6 in eight innings before taking down fifth-ranked Saint Leo 6-5 in a 10-inning thriller.
Game One (Lander)
The Wolves got out to an early 5-0 lead after scoring three in the first and two in the third. Ashley Ellison had a two-RBI single in the first inning, and Peyton Stallworth added another on an RBI single of her own making it 3-0 after a half inning. Stallworth drove in another in the third as did Cassie Henderson.
Lindsye Jefferson got the start in the circle and pitched into the third inning before the Bearcats tagged her for three runs to cut the UWG lead to just two.
Katie Foote came on in relief and had Lander down to their last strike when they struck for a two-run double to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
The Wolves scored a run in the top half using the international tie breaker rule, scoring Cassie Henderson on a Madison Slappey single, but the Bearcats would score two in their half to win the game, scoring the winning run on a wild pitch.
Stallworth led the Wolves at the plate going 3-for-3 with two RBI while Alley Taylor, Raven Smith, Ashley Ellison, and Madison Slappey each had two hits in the game.
Game Two (Saint Leo)
West Georgia fell down early in their second game of the day, allowing two runs in the bottom of the first against the fifth-ranked Lions of Saint Leo.
Peyton Stallworth cut the deficit in half in the third inning with a sac fly that scored Slappey.
Senior Raya Moncus started the game in the circle, and to her credit after allowing the two first inning runs, settled in and pitched seven shutout innings.
The Wolves were down to their last out in the top of the seventh, but with two runners on, Raven Smith dumped a soft fly ball into shallow right center that fell in and scored a run to tie the game at 2-2.
After a scoreless eighth inning, the Wolves capitalized on three SLU errors to score three runs and take a 5-2 lead into the bottom half of the frame. All Saint Leo did was respond with three runs on five hits to tie the game and send it into yet another extra inning.
In the 10th with Madison Chambers placed on second, the Wolves got her to third with a deep fly ball, but with two outs Ashley Ellison singled to center field to score the go ahead run.
Lindsye Jefferson came on in the 10th, and after allowing the placed runner to third on a wild pitch, the junior got a foul out, strike out, and a ground out to earn the save and secure a big early season win for UWG.
Ellison, Slappey, Smith, and Hannah Scarbrough each had multi-hit games, led by Slappey who finished with a 3-for-4 night with two runs scored.
The Wolves wrap up their weekend tomorrow afternoon with the final game of the Gulf Coast Invitational taking on Spring Hill at 3 p.m. EST.