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Softball team moves to 2nd in GSC standings

Lauren Correia (center) celebrates with teammate Jordan Camp (left) after her walk-off RBI-single in game two against UNA on April 1. UWF won 3-2. (Photo by Bill Stockland)

UWF snapped a 10-game winning streak with an 11-1 loss to Alabama-Huntsville on March 31 before going 4-2 against Gulf South Conference opponents in three doubleheaders from April 1-7.

UWF swept North Alabama at home and Christian Brothers on the road before being swept by Delta State. The Argonauts improved to 27-17 (11-7 GSC) and sit in second place atop the GSC standings. They are ahead of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association No. 21-ranked team, UAH (29-12, 11-7), and behind No.1-ranked Valdosta State (37-2, 20-0).

North Alabama

UWF won game one of the doubleheader 5-2 against UNA on April 1 at home.

Jordan Ratliff (7-6) went the distance, giving up two runs on eight hits. UWF cut into a 2-0 UNA lead with a Tiffany Duncan RBI-double in the fourth inning. The Argos tied things up in the fifth on a Crystal Thompson RBI-single.

Kaley Kania gave UWF the lead with an RBI-double in the sixth before Sarah Scott hit a bases-clearing two-run blast to give UWF two insurance runs.

In game two, Lauren Correia hit a game-winning RBI-single to left-center to drive in Thompson in the eighth inning as UWF won 3-2. Thompson was pinch running for Kasie Buckley, who led off the inning with a double.

Victoria Harvey started the game for the Argos but went three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. Scott (9-6) came in to pitch the final five innings of the game and pick up the win.

Harvey gave up one run on four hits with two strikeouts, and Scott gave up one run, unearned, on two hits with four strikeouts.

Christian Brothers

After falling behind 3-2 to Christian Brothers in game one of the doubleheader on April 6, UWF tied things up on three consecutive singles in the seventh inning to send the game into extras.

Scott doubled with two outs in the eighth and scored on fielding error on the next play as the Argos picked up the win, 4-3, at Bland Field in Memphis, Tenn.

Jordan Ratliff (8-5) got the win for UWF, going 4.1 innings and allowing one run on two hits with a pair of strikeouts. Ashliegh McLean started the game but lasted just 2.2 innings. She gave up one run on three hits with a strikeout.

UWF scored two runs in the first inning on a pair of two-out RBI-singles by Buckley and Correia.

Game two was a slugfest, to say the least. UWF blew out CBU, 15-4, to sweep the doubleheader.

Buckley was 2-for-3 with three runs, three RBIs, a walk and a homer. Duncan also homered for UWF, going 2-for-3 with two runs and a walk.

Scott and Correia had three RBIs apiece as every UWF starter picked up a hit. Scott (9-5) got the win, going five innings and allowing four runs, one earned, on seven hits with six strikeouts and a walk.

Delta State

UWF saw its four-game winning streak snapped as it fell 4-0 to DSU on April 7 at University Field in Cleveland, Miss.

UWF was held scoreless while the Statesmen scored two runs in each of the first two innings off of Ratliff (7-6). She went 1.2 innings and gave up four runs on seven hits with one strikeout. Scott came on to finish the game, pitching 4.1 innings of three-hit ball and striking out two.

DSU got runs in the first inning on two RBI-singles. The Statesmen scored on another RBI-single in the second, and Ratliff walked in the fourth run of the game before being replaced by Scott.

In game two, DSU outslugged UWF, 7-2.

DSU scored three runs on one hit and three errors to take the lead for good. UWF got a run back on a Kania RBI-double down the left field line in the top of the third, but DSU scored in the bottom half of the inning to go up by three again.

The Statesmen added three more in the fourth, and UWF scored one in the sixth.

UWF will be back in action at noon on April 14 when it hosts West Georgia in a doubleheader.

From staff reports

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