Argos win rubber match over Union behind strong performance from Maloney

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Senior pitcher Sarah Maloney threw a complete game one-hitter and the University of West Florida softball team stayed hot in Sunday’s 6-1 win over Gulf South Conference opponent Union University.

After dropping the series opener to the Bulldogs (5-9, 2-6 GSC), the Argos (11-8, 4-4 GSC) posted back-to-back wins to claim their home-opening series 2-1.

Maloney (4-1, 1.35 ERA) tallied seven strikeouts over seven innings of work, allowing one earned run, one hit and two walks. First baseman Callan Taylor went 2-for-3 with a go-ahead single in the third inning that drove in two runs and put the Argos in the lead for good. Center fielder Rachel Wright went 2-for-3 with two doubles and one RBI.

Maloney credits the success in Sunday’s win to changing speeds with her pitches and to the Argos’ steady offensive production.

“I was just hitting my spots moving from side to side,” Maloney said. “My curveball and my fastball were working. It was pretty much all I threw so it was working for me today, just going back and forth keeping the batters off guard.”

Taylor’s performance on Sunday was a welcome one. Seeing a limited number of playing time this season, she entered the game with a .185 batting average and only 26 at-bats through the team’s first 18 games.

“I worked on a lot of things during the week to change some things mechanically,” Taylor said. “[I had] a more aggressive approach, seeing the first pitch strike and going with the outside pitch, not trying to adjust to the inside.”

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In the three game set, the Argos outscored the Bulldogs 23-11 and settled into a comfortable offensive groove that they expect to continue throughout the season.

“During the week we talked a lot about our approach in the box and not just about our swings mechanically,” Taylor said. “I think people are ready to get into the box and hit the first pitch strike and just be aggressive. I think we did that today and that’s how we scored a lot more runs.”

Maloney is certainly grateful for the improved run support, too.

“I think one of the great things with this weekend that was different from past weekends was that we really hit the ball well,” Maloney said. “As a pitcher, that makes it easier for me to go up there and just do my own thing and not worry about if a person gets on base. I know my team is going to be there to score the runs that need to be scored so we can win the game.”

The Argos will head west on Wednesday, traveling to Mobile to take on Spring Hill College in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.