Top-ranked UWF softball rolls past Lee
by Chris Skewes, Staff Writer
Saturday afternoon the UWF softball team faced the Lee University Flames, winning in a 6-1 contest. This victory improves the softball team’s conference record to 22-2.
After a scoreless first inning for both teams, West Florida (39-5, 22-2 GSC) answered the call in the bottom of the second.
With one out on the board, Lee (19-27, 7-16 GSC) would walk UWF pitcher Tori Perkins and outfielder Rachel Wright to give the Argos baserunners on first and second. Then, catcher Ashley McNally would advance to first base after getting hit by a pitch.
Now with the bases loaded and only one out, the Argos turned to sophomore shortstop Mika Garcia. Garcia would hit a single, allowing Perkins and Wright to score the first runs of the game.
Later in the inning McNally would run in a score after a sacrifice by senior Rhiannon Sassman. And that’s exactly how the rest of the game turned out: explosive offensive plays made by West Florida that would later translate into big runs.
The leading slugger for the Argos was right fielder Courtney McLellan with three hits and one RBI.
Defensively, UWF had an answer for everything Lee was trying to establish. Playing lights out, the Argos would only give up one run, which came in the fifth inning.
“We knew coming into this that this was gonna be a tough one,” Lee shortstop Kayla Louie said. “We didn’t play as good as we should have and we had a lot of missed plays. There’s some stuff that we need to work on when we get back to Cleveland, (Tennessee).”
Winning in conference is nothing new for the UWF softball team. Now having won 22 of 24 scheduled conference games, the team looks ready to finish the season strong.
“Our coach always tells us to compete and to play hard no matter who we’re playing,” Garcia said, “so we keep that with us whenever we play, and I think that’s why we’ve won all these conference games. We have a chip on our shoulder and it shows when we play.”
The next game for the softball team will be against the No. 14 Alabama Huntsville Chargers at 1 p.m. on Friday at the UAH Softball Complex.
Photo courtesy of Bill Stockland.