PENSACOLA, Fla. – For the first time in the history of the UWG Softball program, the West Georgia Wolves have won two Gulf South Conference Tournament games in a single year after a 3-0 win over Union in Friday’s second round of the 2019 GSC Softball Tournament in Pensacola, Florida.
The biggest factor the round two win was another impressive performance from junior right-hander Morgan Goree. As good as the Senoia, Georgia native was in Thursday’s win, she was even better on Friday pitching a complete game shutout with just four hits allowed while striking out eight batters.
It was the fourth straight win over Union for Goree as she earned the win in each of the Wolves’ three wins in an Easter weekend sweep over the Bulldogs. Goree now has 11 wins on the season as UWG improved to 30-26 overall.
Both Goree and Union’s starter Parker Davis came out dealing, but West Georgia was able to get to Davis in the third, as Madison Slappey and Hannah Scarbrough had back-to-back singles with one out, and then Slappey scored on a wild pitch with Scarbrough coming across for the inning’s second run on an RBI double from Raven Smith.
Lexi Close singled to open the sixth, and took second on an error by the Union left fielder. Alley Taylor, the next batter then ripped one of two triples on the day to add an important insurance run to make it 3-0, West Georgia.
In the seventh, Union got two on with two out, and brought up Kaitlyn Kelly, their leader in average and home runs, as the potential tying run, but Goree got her swinging for the third time in the game to end the game and advance West Georgia in the winner’s bracket.
Taylor led at the plate with a 2-for-3 day with a pair of triples. Scarbrough and Close also had two hits each on the day, with Scarbrough stealing her 20th base of the season. West Georgia also got hits from Raven Smith and Madison Slappey in the win.
West Georgia will have to wait to see their game three opponent as they will face the winner of Alabama Huntsville and West Alabama, which begins at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday. The Wolves will be in the final game of the day, set to begin at 4 p.m. EST. Stay tuned to uwgsports.com for info on tomorrow’s action at the Gulf South Conference Tournament.