- PETERSBURG, Fla. – A doubleheader split was the fate of the UWG Softball team against Eckerd on Friday as the Wolves fell 4-1 in game one before rebounding with a five-inning 8-0 win in game two.
The two games were complete opposites as in game one, UWG had just one run on five hits, but came back in game two with eight runs on nine hits.
For the second straight night, Lexi Close dominated in the circle, pitching four complete shutout innings in game two, moving to 3-0 on the year.
A day after her most dominant pitching performance, freshman Katie Foote had a rough day in the circle for West Georgia, lasting 2.1 innings and giving up four runs total on three hits and a pair of walks.
Eckerd got a pair of runs off of Foote in the first and third innings to open a 4-0 lead over the Wolves early in the game.
The bats didn’t come to life in the opening game of the doubleheader, as West Georgia had just five hits on the day with two of those coming from Lexie Stohr. The Columbus, Georgia native helped UWG get their only run of the game as she got a one-out single in the fourth, and later came around to score on an RBI double from sophomore Raven Smith.
West Georgia had baserunners in both the sixth and seventh innings, but couldn’t get the timely hit to overcome the early deficit.
Stohr finished with a 2-for-3 day at the plate while the Wolves also got a multi-hit game from Peyton Stallworth. Raven Smith had the fifth hit for the Wolves and picked up the RBI.
Danielle Easterly pitched in relief of Foote, and threw 3.2 innings of shutout softball, allowing four hits while walking one.
West Georgia wasted no time in game two, taking a 5-0 advantage in the second inning on five hits. The Wolves started the frame with three straight singles to load the bases. After an out at home on a ground ball, Ashley Ellison got a two-RBI double, scoring Allie Parkerson and Peyton Stallworth. West Georgia then got a run on a wild pitch, another on a fielder’s choice and RBI from Lexie Stohr, and the final run on an RBI single from Lexi Close.
Speaking of Close, she started the game in the circle, and threw four shutout innings, allowing just four hits, putting together a second straight shutout performance and her second win in as many nights.
The Wolves got three more runs in the third inning on a pair of hits. Stallworth got it going by reaching base after being hit by a pitch and Allie PArkerson followed that up with a walk. After a sac bunt, UWG got back-to-back hits from Ashley Ellison and Sydney Smith, scoring three runs for an 8-0 lead.
Close and Raya Moncus would then combine to pitch the final three innings, allowing just two hits, and clinching the five-inning, run-rule victory for the Wolves.
Ashley Ellison led the offensive attack for the Wolves in game two, going 3-for-3 with a trio of RBI. Sydney Smith had a hit and a pair of RBI as well.
West Georgia is now 7-2 on the year, and return to Carrollton for the 2018 home opener on Wednesday, hosting Columbus State in a 3 p.m. doubleheader at University Field.