COLUMBUS, Miss. – The W softball team (15-6) battled USCAA-sister institution Judson College (11-11) in doubleheader action Wednesday evening inside of Owls Park at Don Usher Field. The Owls came from behind in both games to sweep the Eagles 3-2 and 6-3.
GAME ONE (W, 3-2)
The Owls bats were unable to find a spark in the opening game of the series and The W had to rely on good defense from the infield and outfield to keep Judson off the board.
The Eagles struck first in the top of the second inning scoring a run on a single by Judson's second baseman Anslee Vinson for a 1-0 advantage.
They followed the effort in the third inning with a second run on a throwing error by Owls shortstop Bailee Watts to pull ahead 2-0.
On the mound, senior left-hand pitcher Madison Scoggin improved to 8-2 on the season. The Bay Springs, Miss. native pitched her ninth complete game for two strikeouts, nine hits against, and one earned run.
At the plate, there was no one Owls standout with Heidi Matthews, Martin, Lloyd, and James all connecting with the ball for single hits and Wilkinson, Lloyd, and James recording one RBI each.
GAME TWO (W, 6-3)
In the second game, the bats worked better in the Owls favor to give The W the fire it needed to go the distance against Judson.
Judson broke the seal early in the matchup as Eagles leftfielder Carson Beatty scored on a sacrifice fly by Ashtin Morris.
The Owls scored their first run of the game in the second on a pass ball and collected a second in the fourth on a single to center field by James to take a 2-1 lead.
In the fifth, The W went on a scoring run with runs scored on a ground out, a single to the shortstop by Lloyd for 2 RBIs, and a single up the middle by Emily Littlejohn to bring the score to 6-1.
Owls pitching waned in the sixth inning creating an opportunity for Judson to attempt a comeback. The Eagles cut the Owls lead to 6-3 with runs scored on a groundout and a single by Judson pitcher Kaley Patteson.
Freshman pitcher Amelia Stalter was credited with the third victory of her career. The Atlantic Beach, Fla. native pitched five innings for one strikeout, two hits against, and two earned runs.
Freshman Donna Douglas entered the game in relief in the seventh inning for the save to close out the game.
The Owls will be back in action on Friday, March 29 when they travel to Holly Springs, Miss. to take on Rust College. The first game of the doubleheader is set to begin at 2 p.m.