COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Owls softball team hosted Stillman College in its last home doubleheader of the 2019 season. This was the second time the two teams faced each other on the field with The W sweeping the Tigers 1-0 and 7-2 on the road.
The Owls attempted to repeat the road success at home but were only able to take one game of the doubleheader winning the first game 9-1 in five innings and dropping the second 2-0.
GAME ONE (9-1)
In game one, The Owls were able to produce at the plate and senior left-handed pitcher Madison Scoggin excelled on the mound for a 9-1 win over the Tigers.
To open up the doubleheader, The W (19-8) sent ace Scoggin to the mound to take on Stillman (16-18) right-hander Ragen Yarbrough. Following a first inning that saw the Tigers put up three hits for a run and the Owls answer with a run on two hits, the two teams entered the second tied at one.
A single to the pitcher, a stolen base, and an advance on a ground out to put Anna Lloyd in scoring position for The W. With just one out, Emily Littlejohn doubled to centerfield to bring Lloyd home for the RBI.
Senior outfielder Kandler Flora stepped to the plate and singled to the pitcher and then stole second to put runners on the second and third.
Still, with bases loaded, Kristen Martin singled to center field to allow Flora to score. Ending the scoring effort in the inning, Carolyn "Kendall" Wilkinson was credited with an RBI on a groundout to push The W lead to 5-1.
In the third, Scoggin went through three batters to retire the top half and the Owls continued to connect against Yarbrough to extend their lead over.
Madison James was the first at the plate for the Owls in the inning. She connected with the ball to single to left field.
With one out, Flora singled up the middle and James advanced to second then advanced to third on a throwing error by the shortstop. Now in striking distance of home plate, James scored on a throwing error by Stillman's second baseman.
Flora came home on a ground out and Kristen Martin singled for an RBI to bring the Owls total runs in the inning to three for an 8-1 lead.
In the fourth, The W sat down three Tiger hitters and Stillman pitcher Olivia Sarley took over on the mound.
The Owls scored another run on a sacrifice fly by Emily Littlejohn and close the game with the 9-1 victory.
On the mound, Scoggin collected her 10th win of the season. The Bay Springs, Miss. native pitched the entire 5-inning game for three strikeouts, three hits against, one walk, and one earned run.
At the plate, Kristen Martin led the Owls with a 2-for-2 appearance for three RBIs.
GAME TWO (L, 2-0)
In game two, the Tigers produced single runs in two different frames and held the Owls scoreless as the team fell 2-0 to split the series.
For the second game, The W once against started veteran pitcher Madison Scoggin who squared off again against Ragen Yarbrough. Each thrower kept the bats relatively quiet in the first two innings for a scoreless start.
In the top of the third, Tayla Stowes for Stillman singled to third bases and then stole third. With two outs, Yarbrough doubled to left field to allow Stowes to score the first run of the game.
Three more innings went by without incident until Tiger first baseman Dallas Payton singled to left field to bring Shakira Doss home.
With a 2-0 win over The W, Stillman collected its fourth shutout victory of the season.
Pitching in her second game of the day, Scoggin pitched 4.0 inning for three strikeouts, five hits against, and one earned run.
DJ Douglas entered the game in relief in the fifth inning to pitched 3.0 innings for one strikeout, four hits against, and one earned run.
At the plate, Anna Lloyd led the Owls with a 2-for-3 appearance.
The Owls will return to action on Wednesday, April 10 when The W travels to Talladega College for a midweek doubleheader. The first pitch is set for 2 p.m.