The University of West Georgia softball team had its five-game winning streak snapped after dropping a doubleheader at Young Harris on Tuesday, falling in 3-0 and 6-5 decisions, as the host squad extended its win streak to 16 games.
In the opener, the Wolves (19-19) found themselves in a pitchers' duel, where UWG out-hit the Mountain Lions (35-7), but couldn't push a run across the plate.
West Georgia's best scoring opportunity came in the top of the seventh when Lexie Stohr led off with a double to left-center and Payton Stallworth reached on an error. Two batters later, Trinity Kirkland delivered a single to load the bases with two outs, but Sierra Stella lined out to third to end the game.
Adriana Durden started in the circle for the Wolves, tossing two perfect innings with two strikeouts before Danielle Easterly came on in relief. Easterly allowed three runs on two hits in four innings, striking out two and walking four.
In the nightcap, West Georgia drew first blood, plating a pair of runs on a two-run double by Stohr. The Mountain Lions answered with a run in the home half of the first to cut the deficit to one.
From there, both UWG starter Lindsye Jefferson and the Young Harris hurler settled down until the fourth inning, when the Mountain Lions put two more up to take a 3-2 lead.
In the fifth, however, the Wolves put together a big inning, as Kirkland and Stella opened the frame with back-to-back singles. Katie Spinks moved the runners over with a groundout, followed by a Raven Smith single, scoring Kirkland. Two batters later, with runners on second and third, Stohr walked to load the bases, followed by back-to-back singles from Stallworth and Marley Stowers, giving West Georgia a 5-3 lead.
Young Harris answered again in the bottom of the fifth, putting two runners on against relief pitcher Zoie Lavergne before head coach Al Thomas pulled her for Easterly. She induced two outs before a single scored both runs to send the game to the sixth inning tied at 5-5.
The West Georgia bats went silent in the seventh, but Young Harris generated a single run to take both ends of the doubleheader. Easterly picked up the loss, dropping her record to 5-6 on the year.
West Georgia returns home to host Christian Brothers in a three-game Gulf South Conference series this weekend. Saturday's doubleheader is set for 3 p.m., followed by a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Andrew College scored a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to rally past the West Georgia Technical College baseball team and hand it a 4-2 setback on Tuesday at Central High School.
The Golden Knights scored two runs on two hits in the bottom of the first, but would be held scoreless the rest of the way. Andrew College scored single runs in the second and fifth innings to pull even before staging the late-game rally, spoiling a tremendous pitching performance by WGTC's Miles Dutton, who went eight innings and allowed one earned run on nine hits with three walks and five strikeouts to earn a no-decision.
WGTC travels to Andrew College to close out the series with a 6 p.m. game on Friday, followed by a 1 p.m. twin bill on Saturday.