High-scoring offense propels Argos to three-game sweep of West Georgia

By Tyler Wood
Staff writer

The University of West Florida softball team completed its three-game sweep of the West Georgia Wolves with a 7-3 win on Saturday, improving to 21-11 overall and 12-7 in Gulf South Conference play.

The Argos won the first game of the series 8-7 in extra innings on a walk-off hit from Kathleen Smiley, defeating the Wolves (19-15, 8-13 GSC) in an exciting opening game. In the second game of Friday’s doubleheader, the Argos outscored the Wolves 12-8 in a back-and-forth game, setting up a series sweep on Saturday.

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Freshman pitcher Grace Gilbert pitched a complete game in the finale and held the Wolves to two earned runs, improving her record to 7-2 for the season. Sophomore first baseman Callan Taylor’s offensive hot streak continued as she went 3-for-8 with a home run and a double in the series.

The Argos offense exploded for 27 runs in the weekend set against the Wolves in their first full series without junior shortstop Rhiannon Sassman, who will miss the remainder of the season due to a jaw injury suffered against the University of Alabama-Huntsville on March 24.

With Sassman moving from shortstop to third base to left field, the utility she provided for the Argos will surely be missed. Without her, the Argos’ long-term solution will likely be to place Mika Garcia at shortstop, Tiona Hill at third base and Tori Perkins in left field.

“It’s [tough] to see a player go down like that,” Garcia said. “It’s part of the game unfortunately and we have to get together and make plays for our pitchers. Having Sass[man] out, especially defensively, it’s different, but we’ve got to just keep making plays.”

Without Sassman, the Argos are averaging eight runs per game and have certainly taken on the task of working as a team to fill her shoes.

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“It’s a team effort to fill [Sassman’s] shoes,” Perkins said. “As a team I think that we are coming together and really just doing what we have to do to fill that spot.”

Looking ahead, the Argos will travel to Cleveland, Tennessee, to take on the Lee Flames (17-21, 7-12 GSC) in a three-game weekend series starting Friday at 2 p.m.

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