PENSACOLA, Fla. – A dominant pitching performance and timely hitting propelled the sixth-seeded West Georgia Wolves to an opening round, 5-1 win over three-seed Mississippi College in Thursday’s Gulf South Conference Tournament opener.


Morgan Goree earned the win and pitched 6.1 innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out eight. She ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing the run and loading the bases, but sophomore Katie Foote came in and slammed the door, getting two outs on five pitches to slam the door.


The win was West Georgia’s 29th of the season and the first GSC Tournament win since 2014 when UWG beat West Alabama 8-2 in that tournament in Cullman, Alabama.


West Georgia got two runs in the first inning as Hannah Scarbrough led off with a walk and then moved to second a sac bunt by Raven Smith. After a single by Madison Chambers, both runners came in to score as Allie Parkerson laced a liner to left that was misplayed by the MC outfielder.


The Wolves got a run in the fourth on Lexi Close’s fourth home run of the year as she hit a towering shot to left field that made it a 3-0 UWG lead.


In the very next inning, the Wolves added a fourth run on a solo home run from Alley Taylor. Peyton Stallworth then scored on an RBI double from Madison Chambers to make it 5-0.


The Choctaws got the lone run in the seventh to chase Goree, who earned her 10th win of the season, but Foote came in and earned her second save of the season.


Offensively, Madison Chambers led the way with three hits and the RBI. Taylor went 2-for-3 in the opener with the fifth-inning solo shot. Lexi Close had the home run and finished 1-for-3 while Scarbrough and Smith each had one.


UWG will advance in the winner’s bracket to take on Union on Friday. Tomorrow’s game is set to start at 4 p.m. EST.