TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Owls softball team split a weekend doubleheader at Stillman College on Saturday, March 7 at the Stillman Softball Field. Facing the Tigers in their second playdate of the season, The W was hoping to repeat the doubleheader sweep, a feat it successfully executed against Stillman earlier in the season. Unfortunately, the Owls came up just short, taking the first game 5-1 but dropping the second one 5-2.
Game One (W, 5-1)
Behind a strong performance from sophomore pitcher Amelia Stalter in the circle and an amazing defensive effort by the Owls in the field, The W softball team grabbed its third consecutive victory over the Tigers of Stillman on Saturday afternoon.
Scoring for the Owls continued in the fourth inning when Katie Beth Williams hit into a fielder's choice and allowed Jasmine Shaw to score her first run of the season. That play was immediately followed with a throwing error by the Tigers second baseman to score Williams and Austyn Holden.
Stillman scored its one and only run of the game in the fifth inning on a triple to wrap up game one scoring.
In the circle for the Owls, Stalter pitched five innings and held the Tigers hitless until the bottom of the fourth. The Atlantic Beach, Fla. native gave up no walks with two strikeouts and was credited with one earned run.
Game Two (W, 5-2)
Stillman came back strong in the second game of the day and capitalized on Owls errors to defeat The W 5-2 in the teams' fourth matchup of the season. The Tigers got three runs, all with two outs in the bottom of the second inning to take their first lead of the day and to snatch the victory from The W.
Still riding the high from the earlier win, the Owls came out strong to score two runs in the first. Sophomore right fielder Lauren Duckworth scored the first run of the competition on a wild pitch. Williams, the centerfielder, scored the second round on a grounded out ball off the bat of Megan James.
At the bottom of the inning, a Stillman runner's playing time was extended after an Owls throwing error. She then advanced home on a ground ball in the next play to give the Tigers their first run.
In the second inning, Stillman was again able to avoid the end of the inning after the second out due to an Owls fielding error. After The W miscues, the Tigers were able to bring in three unearned runs before the third out.
The Tigers last run of the day came in the sixth inning when a single up the middle brought in a runner for a final score of 5-2.
In the circle, junior pitcher Kaitlyn Parrish suffered her second loss of the season. The Attalla, Ala. native pitched 5.1 innings for one earned run, one walk, one strikeout, and seven hits against.
The Owls softball team will return home on Wednesday, March 11 when it hosts William Carey University at Don Usher Field. The first pitch of the doubleheader is set for 3 p.m.