CLEARWATER, Fla. – Saturday was not kind to the West Georgia Wolves softball team as Al Thomas and his squad lost two close games including a 1-0 loss at the hands of second-ranked Southern Arkansas in the first game of the day. Harding got the best of the Wolves in game two of the day, 4-1.
The loss drops the Wolves to 5-4 on the year and 1-3 in the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Florida.
Game One (Southern Arkansas)
In the opening game of the day and third of the weekend’s tournament, the Wolves went toe-to-toe with the nation’s second ranked team, Southern Arkansas.
The Wolves came out on the wrong end of a 1-0 pitcher’s duel in which the Muleriders’ winning run did not cross the plate until the bottom of the seventh.
Junior Morgan Goree and SAU’s Victoria Taylor were both dealing with Goree throwing 6.2 innings while allowing one earned run while striking out six while Taylor threw a complete game shutout allowing two hits and also striking out six.
The Muleriders loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh and the Goree got a strikeout, a force out at home, and then with two outs got a swinging strike three, but a wild pitch allowed Taylor Stricklin to come in to score the game-winning run.
Senior Lexie Stohr had had both of West Georgia’s hits, finishing 2-for-3 in the loss.
Game Two (Harding)
West Georgia took a lead in the second game of the day, scoring a run on an RBI single from sophomore Alley Taylor, but the offense would struggle beyond that run, mustering just one more hit in the final five innings.
Lindsye Jefferson started in the circle for the Wolves and pitched three shutout innings before running into trouble in the fourth. The junior pitched three plus innings and gave up three hits and an earned run. Senior Raya Moncus pitched four innings and allowed an earned run in relief.
The Bison scored all four of their runs in the fourth inning on five hits and a costly UWG error.
In the bottom of the sixth the Wolves loaded the bases with a chance to cut into the lead, but could not push a run across.
Taylor, Lexie Stohr, and Cassie Henderson had the three hits for West Georgia.
The road at the NFCA Classic doesn’t get easier for West Georgia tomorrow as they wrap up their time in Clearwater with an 11 a.m. first pitch against number 18 Palm Beach Atlantic.