The University of West Georgia softball team is off to a stellar start to the 2018 campaign following two days of action at the Gulf Coast Invitational in Gulf Shores, Alabama, going 3-1 thus far over a four-game span.
In Saturday's opening game against Nova Southeastern, UWG rolled to a 1-0 victory behind a solid effort from Katie Foote in the circle, as the hurler tossed seven shutout innings with two walks, two hits and five strikeouts.
West Georgia scored the lone run in the bottom of the fifth when Mallory Walker stroked an RBI single up the middle to score pinch-runner Abbey Thomason, who was running for Lexi Close following her leadoff single.
Walker went 2-for-2 with an RBI to lead the offense.
West Georgia got just three hits in a 2-0 setback against Young Harris in the afternoon game on Saturday, with Close getting two of those base knocks.
Friday proved to be two completely different ballgames, where the Wolves combined for 24 runs, winning the season opener in a 9-3 decision over Eckerd and following it up with a 15-0, five-inning rout of Miles College in the nightcap.
In Game 1, UWG scored two runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings before busting the game open with a three-run sixth.
Foote got the win in the circle, firing 4.1 innings of four-hit ball with two runs, no walks and three strikeouts.
Offensively, West Georgia pounded out 16 hits, including six multiple-hit performances.
Sierra Stella (2-for-3, BB, SB, 2B), Sydney Smith (2-for-3, BB, run, RBI), Lexie Stohr (2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 runs, RBI), Raven Smith (2-for-4, run), Cassie Henderson (2-for-4, 2B, 2 runs, RBI) and Beatriz Cardoza (2-for-4, 2B, run, 2 RBI) led the offensive charge.
In Game 2 against Miles, Close got the start in the circle and tossed three shutout innings, yielding one hit with six strikeouts in her UWG debut.
The West Georgia offense provided plenty of run support, scoring five runs in the first inning on RBI from Stohr, Henderson, Sydney Smith and two from Walker.
Ashley Ellison (3-for-4, 2 RBI), Stohr (3 hits, 4 RBI), Walker (3 RBI) and Sydney Smith (3 RBI) led the offense.
UWG closes play in Gulf Shores today in an 11:15 a.m. matchup with Barry University.
The UWG baseball team exploded out of the gates to the 2018 season, pounding Augusta in Friday's opener by a 16-2 count and completing the three-game sweep with 10-7 and 14-3 wins on Saturday.
Center fielder Cade Marlowe came up huge offensively in all three games this weekend, going 3-for-6, including a two-run hit in the top of the ninth to pad the Game 1 tally, and he followed it up with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate in Game 2 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI.
In Game 1 of the series on Friday, opening-day starter Greyson McLeod got the win on the hill by tossing six innings of six-hit ball, allowing one run with two walks and eight punchouts. Andrew Marshall fired three innings of relief, yielding one run on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Marlowe (3-for-4, 2 BB, 2 2B, 2 runs, 3 RBI), left fielder Nick Poskey (2-for-3, 2 2B, 3 runs, 3 RBI), first baseman Logan Taylor (2-for-4, 2 BB, HR, run, 4 RBI) and second baseman Brian Dansereau (2-for-5, 2 runs, RBI) all had multiple-hit efforts for the Wolves.
UWG Women's Basketball
The UWG women's basketball team overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to pull out a 66-61 overtime victory against Mississippi College on Saturday in Clinton, Mississippi, to cap off a 2-0 Gulf South Conference road trip.
The Wolves (13-9, 9-6 GSC) were led by Kayla Carter with 21 points and six rebounds, while Aysha Harris posted 14 points and seven boards, De'Ashia Jones added 11 points and eight rebounds and A'Kia Harris recorded another double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Wolves return home to host rival Valdosta State at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
UWG Men's Basketball
The UWG men's basketball team also delivered a 2-0 road trip on Saturday evening with a 97-79 victory at Mississippi College, keeping their GSC Tournament hopes alive.
The Wolves (11-11, 6-9) were led by Marquill Smith with 31 points and eight rebounds, while Paul Turner added 20 points and seven boards. Karlos Odum posted 16 points and Aren Ulmer had a huge night distributing the ball with 13 assists.
UWG will be back at The Coliseum on Thursday night at 7:30 to face rival Valdosta State.