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COLUMBUS, Ga. – The University of West Alabama softball team dropped its season-opening double header during the first day of the Peach Belt Conference-Gulf South Conference Southern Softball Showdown at the South Commons Complex on Saturday.
UWA fell 6-4 to Lynn University (1-1) of the Sunshine State Conference in Saturday’s opener before a 3-2 loss to Columbus State University (2-0) of the PBC in the nightcap.
“The day did not end as we wanted it to,” UWA head coach Carie Dever-Boaz said. “But I think we improved from game one to game two.”
“I thought Andrea Edmonds threw fantastic today,” Dever-Boaz said. “We hit the ball really hard specifically in the first game, but (Lynn’s) left fielder really won that game for them.”
West Alabama (0-2) brought in the first run of the 2017 campaign in the top of the second inning after Sarah Beth King sent an RBI single up the middle and advanced to third on a throwing error by Lynn’s center fielder, allowing Jenna Goldsmith to cross the plate for a 1-0 UWA lead.
Lynn responded quickly in the bottom of the second, picking up back-to-back homeruns down the left field line. A wild pitch by Ashley Stassin allowed the Fighting Knights to bring a third run around, taking a 3-1 lead
Lynn’s Leanne Wright doubled to left center in the bottom of the third, sending Karolina Flores home and extending LU’s lead to 4-1. Sara Vasquez brought Arenson around for the second time with a RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth, propelling the Fight Knights to a 5-1 lead.
Lynn’s Erin Sundook picked up a sacrifice RBI after a Tiger throwing error allowed Arenson to touch home for the third time, giving the Fighting Knights a three-run lead in the bottom of the sixth.
Audrey Diekmann crossed the plate after an errant attempt to catch Goldsmith stealing second made its way into the outfield, moving the Tigers back within two runs.
With a pop up to the second base and a line drive to short ended UWA’s rally and sealed the 6-4 victory for Lynn.
Katelyn Key (1-0) earned the win, allowing just two runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work. Stassin (0-1) took the loss, giving up five runs on six hits before leaving the circle in the after four complete innings.
“I am really proud of the fight in the CSU game,” Dever-Boaz said. “Columbus State is a great team. We had them on the ropes until the very end, but, once again, a couple key defensive plays turned that game around.”
The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a RBI-double from Diekmann. The Tigers held off the Cougars for four more innings until CSU capitalized on a pair of defensive miscues.
Lee Anne Rees laid down a sacrifice bunt in front of the plate, but a throwing error advanced Kayliegh Briant to third. A mishandled grounder to third allowed Rees to grab second and Briant to reach home, tying the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth.
Two batters later, Keeli Waugh sent an RBI-songle down the left field line, bringing Rees around before a Tiger double-play sent the game into the sixth with CSU leading 2-1.
A lead-off double from McKenzie Fagioli set the Cougars up for an insurance run. Elizabeth Perdue’s one-out single sent Fagioli home, extending CSU’s lead to 3-1.
Johanna Beyer snagged Goldsmith’s line drive into left field, ending the Tigers’ two-out rally to hold on for the 3-2 win.
Darby Demarest (1-0) earned the win, striking out eight on the night. Edmonds (0-1) took the loss, giving up three runs on eight hits through all six innings.
“All in all, I am very excited with the way we played today,” Dever-Boaz said. “I hate losing more than I like to win, but I am happy with where we are headed.”
West Alabama will continue in the tournament on Sunday, taking on Flagler at 10:30 a.m. and Montevallo at 3:30 p.m. CST.
Written by Callie Murphy|Previously Posted on uwaathletics.com