CARROLLTON, Ga. – The UWG softball team won their third straight Gulf South Conference series on Saturday afternoon, claiming a 6-3 victory over Delta State in the series finale at University Softball Field.
The Wolves were out-hit by the Lady Statesmen on the afternoon, but the Wolves got the clutch hits and made several outstanding defensive plays to improve to 14-7 on the season with a 7-5 mark in Gulf South Conference play.
As they had in each game of Friday’s doubleheader, the Wolves jumped out to an early lead with a single run in the opening inning. Sierra Stella got on base with a single and stole second before moving to third on a Lexie Stohr single. Stella then scored on a wild pitch to put the Wolves up 1-0.
West Georgia added a second run in the third inning when Sydney Smith doubled home Alley Taylor who led off the fram with a deep double to center field.
In the fourth, DSU’s Jordan Jones cut the lead in half with a solo shot to right field, her second homer of the series. The Wolves responded however with a long ball of their own as Lexi Close crushed one to center field to score a pair for West Georgia.
Sydney Smith added her second home run of the season in UWG’s half of the fifth inning, powering one over the left field fence, extending the lead to 5-1.
Delta State grabbed some momentum in the sixth, scoring a pair of runs on four hits on Danielle Easterly who was on in relief of UWG’s starter Katie Foote. Mallory Walker got one of those runs back for West Georgia as her one-out triple to center field forced a throwing error by the Lady Statesmen, allowing Walker to trot home for the 6-3 lead.
Lexi Close, who came on to get the final out of the sixth inning, pitched the seventh and allowed a pair of base runners, but an outstanding diving catch by Sydney Smith in center field would seal the deal and give Close her first career save in the circle.
Smith had the only multi-hit game of the day for the Wolves as she finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Close finished 1-for-3 but also had two RBI.
Foote earned the win for West Georgia as she improved to 5-2 on the season.
The Wolves now shift their focus to another crucial Gulf South Conference series as West Georgia heads to Shorter next weekend for a three-game series in Rome, Georgia.