CARROLLTON, Ga. - The Union Bulldogs spoiled a banner night for the West Georgia Wolves, scoring three runs in the bottom of the 7th in Jackson, Tenn. on Friday evening to beat UWG 6-5.
It was a banner night even before the end of the contest between the Wolves and Bulldogs, as when the two teams entered the top of the 5th inning, Mississippi College closed out a doubleheader sweep of Delta State, advancing West Georgia to the Gulf South Conference tournament for the first time since the 2014 season. The Wolves will enter next week's GSC tournament as either the seventh or eighth seed, depending on what happens in tomorrow's games.
Union was able to strike first after the two teams were scoreless for the first 1.5 innings of the contest. In the top of the first, UWG second baseman Sierra Stella singled, then stole second to tie the school record of 25 stolen bases in a single season. The Lady Bulldogs put two runs on the board in the bottom of the second, taking a 2-0 lead early. West Georgia came back firing in the top of the third, scoring three runs and taking a one run lead.
The inning started with back-to-back singles from Stella and Spinks, then with one out, Summer Wallace singled to load the bases. Lexie Stohr then made it 4-of-5 singles to start the inning, bringing Stella home and keeping the bases loaded. Peyton Stallworth reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Stella and cutting the Union lead to 2-1. Marley Stowers then hit a hot shot to short that was mishandled, allowing Wallace to come around from second to score and giving the Wolves a 3-2 advantage.
In the top of the 5th, Raven Smith opened the inning with a walk, followed by a double off the wall in center field from Wallace, the 15th of the season for Wallace. Stohr then singled home Smith for her second RBI of the night, then advanced to second on an error, giving the Wolves runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Two batters later, Stowers singled home the second run of the evening, giving West Georgia a solid 5-2 lead in the contest. The Bulldogs then scored four runs over the course of the final three innings to take the victory.
Stella, Spinks, Wallace, and Stohr each had two hits in the contest to lead the UWG offensive. Stella enters the final day of the regular season needing one steal to stand alone in the single-season record book. Wallace doubled in the game, giving her 15 for the year, three short of the single-season record. Easterly took the loss in the game, falling to 8-8 on the year. The two teams will play Saturday in a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m. to close out the regular season.
West Georgia and Shorter are the final two teams in the mix for the seventh and eighth seeds at the GSC Tournament next week. The Hawks swept CBU in a doubleheader on Friday and are now 16-15, and if they win Saturday will be 17-15 and will be the seventh seed in the tournament. On the host front, West Florida and Alabama Huntsville are in the hunt for the host spot of this year's tourney. UAH beat West Alabama today and is now 22-9 compared to UWF at 20-9. West Florida holds the tiebreaker, so UAH needs two victories tomorrow or a win over UWA and a loss from UWF to Lee to secure the host spot.