VALDOSTA, Ga. – Six home runs on the day and solid pitching from the UWG softball team led the Wolves to a doubleheader sweep over rival Valdosta State one the road on Saturday afternoon. With the wins, and other results around the league the Wolves have now clinched a berth in next weekend's Gulf South Conference Tournament.
Madison Chambers and Hannah Scarbrough each had two home runs on the day, as the Wolves took game one 7-5 in eight innings, and took game two by a slim 3-2 margin to extend their Gulf South Conference win streak to seven games. Additionally, the Wolves clinched their fourth straight series win with the doubleheader sweep.
West Georgia now sits at 28-25 overall and 14-15 in Gulf South Conference play with just one game remaining in the regular season, while VSU is now 32-14 overall and 13-12 in league competition.
West Georgia never trailed in a roller coaster game in the series opener in Valdosta. Raven Smith scored the game’s opening run, getting on via a fielder’s choice and then scoring on an Allie Parkerson single to put the Wolves up a run in the first. In the third, Smith did it herself, slugging a solo homer to double the UWG advantage.
The Blazers clawed right back in with a pair of runs to tie it up in the fourth, but UWG took another two-run lead on Madison Chambers sixth homer of the season, also scoring Peyton Stallworth to make it 4-2, Wolves. But again, VSU responded with a pair of sixth inning runs, once again tying the game.
In the seventh, it was Hannah Scarbrough’s solo homer to give the Wolves another lead, this time at 5-4. In the bottom half, Valdosta State would tie it up for a third time, scoring on a sac fly to even the score at 5-5.
Madison Chambers did it again in the eighth, belting her second two-run homer of the game, to put UWG up 7-5, and this time Morgan Goree would slam the door with two strikeouts in the bottom half of the eighth.
Goree got the win, pitching four innings in relief of Raya Moncus while striking out three and moving to 8-9 on the year.
Along with Chambers two home runs, Hannah Scarbrough and Peyton Stallworth each had multi-hit games with Scarbrough going 4-for-5 while Stallworth was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Chambers finished 2-for-3 with four RBI.
The Wolves jumped out to a lead in game two as well, but waited till the third as Hannah Scarbrough belted her third home run of the year, and second of the day to put UWG up 1-0.
But just like in game one, the Blazers answered right back with a solo shot to tie things up at 1-1.
In the fourth, West Georgia got a run as Alley Taylor reached on a fielder’s choice and Madison Chambers scored on a VSU throwing error.
With the one run lead in the fifth, the Wolves’ starter Morgan Goree gave up a leadoff walk, and VSU played small ball, bunting the runner over and then driving her in on an RBI single to tie the game up.
The tie didn’t last long as in the top of the sixth, Allie Parkerson went deep, breaking the tie and recording her fourth home run of the year.
Goree pitched out of a jam after allowing back-to-back hits to open the sixth, and after a one out single in the seventh got a line drive comebacker and threw to first for the game-ending double play. Goree pitched a complete game, earning her ninth win of the season while striking out five.
Offensively, Scarbrough had another multi-hit game to lead the Wolves, finishing 2-for-4 with the home run and an RBI.
The Wolves and Blazers will wrap up the regular season tomorrow with the series finale in Valdosta. Sunday’s game time is set for 1 p.m. With a win, UWG will be the fifth seed in the GSC Tournament, and with a loss will be number six.