CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia offense broke out of it's shell in the seventh inning of Game 1 on Saturday afternoon, scoring eight runs in the top of the 7th to power to an 8-3 win over the Union Bulldogs. Game two extended that momentum, as the Wolves took a 12-5 victory in the 2017 regular season finale.
The next stop on the tour will be at the Gulf South Conference tournament next weekend, to be hosted by the Alabama Huntsville Chargers. After Shorter swept their series, the Wolves will enter the tournament as the No. 8 seed, reaching the tourney for the first time since the 2014 season. The full schedule of the tournament will be released on Sunday evening with matchups and game times.
Game 1 - West Georgia 8, Union 3
The Union Bulldogs drew first blood in Saturday's doubleheader ini Tennessee, as the Bulldogs had runners on early in each of the first three innings, pushing a run across in the bottom of the second and third innings to take a 2-0 lead at the midway point of the contest. Union added another run in the bottom of the fourth as Bulldog starter Parker Davis allowed just two hits through the first four innings of play.
In the top of the 6th, Marley Stowers started a potential rally with a one-out walk, but that rally was cut short as Stowers was caught stealing during Ally Hindman's at-bat. But in the 7th inning, the Wolves erupted, loading the bases with one out before Sierra Stella reached on a fielder's choice to score the first run of the inning. But that was the only run that came for West Georgia with less than two outs.
Two batters later, Raven Smith drove in a run with a single, and the bases remained loaded for Stowers, who promptly cleared the bases with what would become the eventual game-winning hit, a three-run double. The Wolves would go on to score four more runs in the inning to tie the series at 1-1 and head to the season finale with a chance to win the 17th game of the conference season.
Stowers and Peyton Stallworth each had two hits on the day, with Stowers driving in three runs and scoring one. Adriana Durden picked up the victory in the circle for the Wolves, moving to 10-5 on the year and becoming the 10th pitcher in school history with 10 victories in a seasonK. Danielle Easterly came on to close out the game in the seventh, allowing no runs on two hits.
Game 2 - West Georgia 12, Union 5
Following the eight-run outburst in the first game of the day, the momentum didn't stop in the second game, as the Wolves scored five runs in the top of the first, putting Union in a 5-0 hole before the Bulldogs had even picked up a bat. Stella and Katie Spinks led off the game with back-to-back singles, then moved to third on a ground ball to first from Smith. Stella came home when Stowers reached on an error, then Stowers swiped second and an error on the throw from the Union catcher allowed Spinks to score and Stowers advanced to third.
Later in the inning, Stowers scored on a sacrifice fly from Stallworth, setting up for the big blast of the inning, as freshman Emily Miles blasted her second home run of the season. The two-run shot gave the Wolves a commanding 5-0 lead in the first inning.
The Wolves scored three more in the top of the third, with Miles again providing the lumber with a two-RBI single. Stella had the other RBI in the inning with a single, then stepped into the West Georgia history books with a stolen base. It was her 26th stolen base of the season, breaking Sharae Battles' record of 25, set in the 2002 season. UWG added four more runs in the top of the fifth, with Stowers providing another big shot with a two-RBI double.
Stella had a fantastic day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Stowers went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI. Miles went 2-for-3 with a run scored and four RBI, helping herself as she went .500 for the weekend with a double and a home run and two runs scored. Lindsye Jefferson took the victory, moving to 6-4 on the season.