CLEVELAND, Miss. – Sunday’s doubleheader did not go to the way of the Wolves as the UWG softball team fell in both games, finishing up the Gulf South Conference series at Delta State with three losses.
Delta State came back in game two of the series, and Sunday’s opening game, winning 6-5 on a walkoff single and then shutout the Wolves 2-0 in game two to complete the sweep. UWG falls to 14-14 overall and 3-9 in GSC play while DSU is now 14-9 overall and 6-6 within the league.
For the second game of the series, Delta State scored four runs on one swing of the bat as Carlie Vice’s first inning grand slam, gave DSU a 4-0 lead after one inning.
Alley Taylor picked up an RBI in the second for UWG to cut it to 4-1, and the Wolves then made it a two-run game in the third as senior Lexie Stohr doubled home Hannah Scarbrough.
Three runs in the fourth gave UWG the first lead of the series. Raven Smith led off with a walk and the Wolves loaded the bases on back-to-back hit-by-pitches. Scarbrough then drove in one as she reached on a fielder’s choice to make it 4-3, and Ashley Ellison tied it up at 4-4 with an RBI single. Senior Madison Chambers gave UWG the 5-4 lead on a fielder’s choice.
After allowing the first inning grand slam, Raya Moncus settled down, and held DSU at four, but a leadoff double in the seventh and a single to follow tied things up at 5-5. Kaylin Lofton then singled home the game-winning run on a 1-2 pitch to give DSU the game two win.
Ashley Ellison turned in the only multi-hit game as the sophomore went 2-for-4.
A first inning run and a third inning run were enough for the Lady Statesmen in the series finale as DSU’s starter Nicole Fullilove held UWG to five hits, pitching her second complete game shutout of the series.
Junior Lindsye Jefferson started for the Wolves, surrendering a run in the opening inning on a double and single. In the third, Jefferson surrendered another run on three straight singles, making way for reliever Katie Foote.
The Wolves loaded the bases in the sixth, but could not push a run across and finished the day 9-for-9 with runners on base, and 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
Foote pitched well in relief, posting 3.2 innings of shutout softball while allowing three hits and striking out three.
Sophomore center fielder Hannah Scarbrough led UWG at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance with Raven Smith, Peyton Stallworth, and Olivia Jacobs also picking up hits in the finale.
UWG travels to Augusta on Wednesday for non-conference action against the Augusta Jaguars. That doubleheader is set for a 3 p.m. first pitch.