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GSW softball splits, baseball swept

AMERICUS — It was a homecoming on Homecoming for the Georgia Southwestern Lady Hurricane softball team, which had its home opener Saturday with a doubleheader split against in-state, and future PBC opponent, Young Harris College (3-1).

The Lady Hurricanes won the opener, 7-1, and Young Harris ran away with the second game, 11-5.

The scoring action was fast and furious for GSW in the opener as it would bring home four runners in the second inning alone to take a commanding lead of the game early on. The second inning's scoring action was punctuated by Hayley Knight, Jessica Chewning, and Mason Moreland all driving in runs.

Three innings later Katie Wooten would score on a fielder's choice, which she would follow up an inning later with a RBI of her own. Her run was supported by Ashley Cavender's run on Rachel McElroy's fielder's choice.

Young Harris would only score in the seventh inning as Jennifer Watford would drive in Emily Wilson to cut the lead to six runs at 7-1.

Jessica Martin would throw the complete game for GSW and only gave up one run . She battled to overcome five hits and eight walks but did strike out six batters to get the win.

In the second game, the Mountain Lions would seek revenge and do so with vengeance, but only after four innings. Georgia Southwestern would blow a 5-1 lead thanks to five total errors in the game.

A pair of two-run innings in the third and fourth put GSW up 5-1. The third inning was fueled by Avery Purser's two-run double, and YHC's Jennifer Watford's and Lauren Brooks's fielding errors. The four run lead would evaporate in the fifth inning thanks to a monster, eight-run inning in the fifth by Young Harris.

Two GSW errors let two of the first three YHC runners on base before two more GSW errors aided the Mountain Lion offensive explosion that saw five different batters record a RBI in the inning. The eight-run fifth put the game out of reach at 9-5. Young Harris would get two more insurance runs in the seventh to secure the 11-5 win.

Casey Burns would get the loss as she pitched four and a third innings giving up five runs with only one of them being earned. Burns line was a similar pattern for GSW pitchers who allowed eleven runs on the game with only two of them being earned runs.

Victoria Sink would get the win for Young Harris after relieving Lisa Wilson in the fourth inning. Sink would throw three and two third innings of scoreless softball while walking one and striking out one.

It is an immediate turnaround for Georgia Southwestern (3-5 overall) who will play their second double header in as many games on Sunday against Rollins College. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Hurricane hitters struggle at West Alabama

LIVINGSTON, Ala. — The Georgia Southwestern baseball team was swept in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader at West Alabama, 4-1 and 9-6. The Hurricane batters struggled against UWA pitching, striking out 26 times while collecting only nine hits in the two games.

In the opener, West Alabama broke a scoreless tie in the third inning when B.J. Smith scored from third on a passed ball.

The Tigers opened the game up in fifth with a pair of RBI singles, the first coming from Micah Reaves. After advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt, Reaves came around to score on a Matthew Magee double to left center.

GSW's lone run came in the sixth when John Duran scored from first on fielding error by the Tiger's left fielder.

UWA tacked on the final run in the bottom half of the inning.

Trent Franzago (0-1) suffered the loss for the Hurricanes after tossing 5 2/3 innings and allowing four runs - three earned - on six hits. He struck out seven and walked three. Cameron Blinn closed things out for GSW with 2 1/3 scoreless innings on the hill.

UWA starter Barry Meeks (1-0) threw six innings of two-hit ball. He struck out 12 and surrendered one unearned run. The Tiger pitching staff racked up 18 strikeouts overall in the opener.

A five-run opening frame paced West Alabama in the nightcap. The Tigers tallied six hits and capitalized on one GSW error in the inning.

UWA added a run in the second to extend the margin to six runs.

Another crucial GSW error led to two more runs for UWA in the fourth and the Tigers were ahead 8-0.

The Tigers final run came in the fifth off a sacrifice fly and was set up by a GSW passed ball.

It was the Hurricane's turn to capitalize on errors in the sixth when two UWA errors and a Gabby Ramirez double led to three GSW runs.

The Hurricanes added three more in the seventh when Ramirez struck again. This time with a two-RBI single to right. Zach Moss drove in the final run with a single to center.

GSW stranded eight men in Game 2, with five coming in the last two innings.

Matt Weaver (1-1) was the losing pitcher in the nightcap. He threw 2 1/3 innings, allowed eight hits, and four earned runs.

Jessie Boyd (1-1) tossed 5 1/3 innings for UWA (2-4) and struck out six. He surrendered three hits and three unearned runs.

Ramirez and John Duran finished with two hits apiece for GSW (1-4) in Game 2. Ramirez drove in four.

The two teams meet again on Sunday at 2 p.m. to wrap up the series.