Wolves land No. 8 seed for GSC tourney

Raven Smith and the UWG softball team wrapped up the No. 8 seed for the Gulf South Conference Tournament by taking two of three from Union in the final weekend of the regular season. The Wolves face top seed and tournament host Alabama-Huntsville in the opening round at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

The University of West Georgia softball team is making its first postseason appearance since 2014.

The Wolves secured a berth in the Gulf South Conference Tournament on Friday night thanks to some help from Mississippi College sweeping Delta State.

From there, UWG closed the regular season with a three-game series at Union in Jackson, Tennessee, where it rebounded from a 6-5, walk-off loss in the opener on Friday night with a sweep on Saturday, registering 8-3 and 12-5 victories to carry some momentum into the postseason.

West Georgia (29-23) will be the No. 8 seed and face top-seeded and tournament host Alabama-Huntsville in the opening round at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

As for this weekend's action, the Lady Bulldogs scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to stun UWG in Friday's series opener.

Summer Wallace (2-for-3, 2B, run), Sierra Stella (2-for-4, run), Katie Spinks (2-for-4, run) and Lexie Stohr (2-for-4, run, 2 RBI) had multiple-hit efforts for the Wolves.

Saturday proved to be a different story for the Wolves, who erupted for an eight-run seventh inning in Game 1 to unleash some frustrations from Friday night.

In the seventh, Raven Smith had an RBI single, Marley Stowers stroked a three-run double, Stohr had an RBI double, Peyton Stallworth followed with an RBI single and Kilandra Dollar reached on an error to bring home another run.

Stowers (2-for-3, BB, 2B, run, 3 RBI) and Stallworth (2-for-4, run, RBI) had multiple-hit efforts.

The Wolves carried the offensive outburst into Game 2, scoring five runs in the first inning to take control of the contest and never look back, tacking on three runs in the third and four in the fifth to put it away.

Bremen High School product Emily Miles belted a two-run home run in the first and followed it up with a two-run single in the third. Stowers also continued her big day with a two-run double in the fifth.

Stella (4-for-5, 2 runs, RBI), Miles (2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI) and Stowers (2-for-5, 2B, 3 runs, 3 RBI) led West Georgia at the plate in Game 2.

UWG Women's Golf

Three days after winning its first GSC championship in school history, the UWG women's golf team put an exclamation point on an already historic week with the release of the league's postseason honors this past weekend.

Franziska Bremm was named the GSC's Women's Golfer of the Year and earned a spot on the First-Team All-GSC squad, while Maria Torres earned Second-Team All-GSC honors and head coach Barry Harwell was named the league's Coach of the Year.

The good news kept coming into the start of this week, where UWG was officially selected as one of 12 teams for the NCAA South Super Region Tournament at the Member's Club at Woodcreek in Elgin, South Carolina, on May 8-10. Monday's announcement marks the first time in program history that UWG women's golf has reached the postseason.

Bremm was named the GSC Freshman and Golfer of the Year last year, and this season has improved her scoring average by more than a stroke to 73.00 through 22 rounds. The sophomore finished in the top-10 in nine of her 10 starts and finished in the top-five in eight of those with two tournament wins. Bremm is currently ranked No. 6 in the country in Division II after a fifth-place finish at the conference championships.

For Torres, she becomes an All-GSC performer for the second time in her West Georgia career. Torres was last named All-GSC during her freshman season in 2015. Torres played in all 10 events for the Wolves this spring, totaling 22 rounds and averaging 76.59, which was good for second on the team behind Bremm.

Harwell becomes a four-time GSC Women's Coach of the Year with his latest honor, capping off a week that saw him lead the Wolves to the first GSC golf championship in school history in either men's or women's golf. Harwell is now tied with Robin Cook-Dezarn for the most Coach of the Year Honors in GSC women's golf history. 

UWG Baseball

The UWG baseball team closed out the 2017 campaign in a GSC series against Union at Jackson, Tennessee, this past weekend, where the Wolves split a doubleheader on Saturday, winning the opener in a 10-6 contest and dropping the nightcap, 5-2.

In Game 1, UWG (17-30) scored five runs in the first to set the tone, capped by a two-run home run from Ryan Raper. Drew Eady added a home run in the sixth and Raper went yard again in the top of the ninth for another two-run bomb.

Raper (2-for-4, BB, 2 HR, 3 runs, 4 RBI), Ben Utley (2-for-4, BB, 2 runs), Lane Griffith (2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI), Eady (2-for-5, HR, 2 runs, RBI), Cade Marlowe (2-for-5, 2B, RBI) and Dalton Gilliam (2-for-5, run, 2 RBI) led the charge at the plate.

C.J. Fehribach (2-2) earned the win behind four innings of solid relief, allowing one run on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

In Saturday's finale, UWG managed single runs in the sixth and seventh, but gave up a three-spot to the Bulldogs in the sixth, which proved to be the difference.

Artemis Kadkhodaian (2-for-3, BB, 2B) had the lone multiple-hit performance for UWG in the nightcap.

In Friday's opener, the Wolves fell in a 10-0, seven-inning decision, getting just four hits in the outing. Eady (2-for-3, SB, 2B), Kadkhodaian (1-for-3) and Gilliam (1-for-3) accounted for the UWG offense.

WGTC Baseball

The West Georgia Technical College baseball team salvaged a victory in its GCAA series against East Georgia State College this past week, closing out the four-game set with a walk-off grand slam by Logan Tillem to win Saturday's finale in a 5-1 contest.

The Golden Knights (22-28, 8-12 GCAA) suffered 9-0, 9-2 and 9-2 setbacks in the other three games of the series.

Jake McLinskey delivered a solid showing on the hill for WGTC, allowing one run on three hits in seven innings before going into extra innings.

In the eighth, John Livaditis led off with a single and Jacob Earley followed with a walk. Blake Helton reached on a bunt to load the bases, setting the stage for Tillem’s walk-off grand slam. Richard Triplet, who pitched the eighth, got the win.

With four games remaining in the regular season, the Golden Knights are tied with Gordon for the final spot in the upcoming GCAA Tournament. The final regular-season series begins today at Georgia Highlands with a 6 p.m. first pitch.

The series shifts to Carrollton with a single game on Friday at 1:15 p.m. followed by a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:15 p.m.

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