GULF SHORES, Ala. – It was a split for the UWG softball team on day two of the Gulf Coast Invitational as West Georgia won 1-0 over Nova Southeastern in the morning game, and then fell 2-0 to Young Harris in the afternoon game.
Freshman Katie Foote got the start for head coach Al Thomas, and Foote did not disappoint, pitching seven complete, giving up just two hits and striking out five.
Neither team got anything going in the first four innings, as the Wolves and Sharks combined for just three hits in the first four innings. After Foote got the Sharks in order in the fifth, the Wolves camp up and finally broke through.
Lexi Close led off the inning with a single up the middle, and Coach Thomas went to the bench to put more speed on the base paths, pinch running with Abbey Thomason. The next batter, Alley Taylor, laid down the bunt to move Thomason to second, setting up Mallory Walker for the heroics. Walker took the 2-0 pitch up the middle and Thomason came around to score, proving to be the winning run.
Foote gave up her second hit in the seventh, a one-out single, but the next batter flied out to center, only to have UWG’s Sydney Smith gun down the runner to end the game on a double play.
Walker was the only player to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-2 with the RBI. Close and Lexie Stohr also recorded hits for the Wolves.
UWG is now 3-0 and will take one Young Harris this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in game four of the Gulf Coast Invitational.
West Georgia got just three hits all game long against Young Harris in the afternoon game, with Lexi Close getting two of those hits.
Raya Moncus got the start for the Wolves, and pitched well, surrendering an early run in the first, and an unearned run in the fourth inning. Danielle Easterly and Katie Foote both came on in relief on the day.
The Wolves got a two-out single by Close in the top of the seventh, and brought the game-tying run to the plate, but couldn’t produce anything as they fell for the first time on the year.
UWG is now 3-1 on the year and comes back for the finale of the Gulf Coast Invitational tomorrow against Barry at 11:15 a.m.