Photo by Joe Chance
MONTEVALLO, Ala. – West Alabama Softball pounded out an 18-4 win over Truman State in five innings Saturday afternoon, giving the Tigers their third win in as many games at the Second Annual Falcon Frenzy.
With the win, the Tigers improve to 3-4 on the season, while the Bulldogs fall to 0-3.
“We had a great day on all sides of the ball – offensively, defensively and in the circle,” UWA head coach Carie Dever-Boaz said. “Audrey (Diekmann) really set the tone when she drove a liner up the middle in the top of the first.”
Diekmann recorded her first homer of the season, hammering a shot over the left field fence to extend an early Tiger lead to 5-0 in the top of the second. Kierra Hague singled down the first base line, giving Jenna Goldsmith and Ashley Stassin their ticket home, leaving the Bulldogs trailing 7-0.
In the top of the fourth, Smart’s single gave Sarah Beth King a chance to cross the plate, while Ashlend Rodriguez‘s sacrifice fly sent Bree Thompson around to score, putting the Tigers up 12-0 over the Bulldogs.
The Tigers exploded for six runs in the top of the fifth, starting with a solo blast from Diekmann. With Goldsmith pinch running for Brianna Buie, she stole second and came around to score on a Devan Hines single. Doubles from Savannah Smathers and King put runners on second and third, setting up Thompson for a three-run shot over the left field fence, propelling the Tigers to an 18-0 lead.
“They finally played the way I knew they could since the first time I saw them play,” Dever-Boaz said. “It was nice to see them do it not just for an inning, but for the entire game. There wasn’t anyone I wasn’t proud of.”
Diekmann lead the charge with a 3-for-3 day at the plate with two home runs and a single. Smart went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double. Ashley Stassin also contributed, going 2-for-3 with a single and a double. Sarah Beth King went 2-for-2 with two doubles.
The Tigers hammered out 20 hits up and down lineup, batting around four times in five innings. Fresh out of the dugout, Hines went 1-for-1 with an RBI, Smathers recorded a double, Buie picked up a single and Thompson grabbed her first homer of the season.
Andrea Edmonds (2-3) earned the win for the Tigers, allowing seven hits on 20 batters faced. She also contributed two strikeouts in five innings of work. Stassin picked up the save, forcing a infield pop-up to secure the 18-4 UWA victory. Lauren Dale (0-1) took her first loss of the year, allowing 15 runs on 17 hits in relief of the Bulldogs’ injured starter.
West Alabama will conclude the tournament on Sunday with a double-header, facing Mobile (4-0) at 3:45 p.m. and Montevallo (2-4) at 6 p.m.
Written by Callie Murphy, UWA Athletics Intern|Previously on uwaathletics.com