By Karen Allen
ROME, Ga.—Shorter Softball earned a sweep against West Alabama Wednesday afternoon; winning the opener, 6-2, and taking the nightcap, 7-2.
The wins improve the Lady Hawks to 24-4 on the season and 12-2 in conference play. West Alabama falls to 17-8 overall and 8-7 in the GSC.
The Lady Hawks scored two runs in the second to take the early lead in the opener. Sarah Corn singled to start the inning and Amanda Dailey reached base on an error in the next at bat; both came around to score on an RBI double from Kendall Johnson once two outs were recorded. West Alabama cut the lead in half in the top of the third on an RBI single from Brooklynn Phillips. Shorter answered with one of their own in the bottom of the inning, to maintain the advantage, on an RBI double from Dailey.
The Lady Hawks tacked on some insurance in the fourth, scoring twice to go up 5-1. Johnson led off with a walk and Felicia Morris singled later in the inning to set up the scoring. Jackie Castaneda's RBI single scored Johnson from third and Morris crossed the plate as the result of an error.
West Alabama added a run in the fifth and Shorter scored in the sixth to make it a 6-2 game.
Christina Ezell earned her ninth win of the season; going seven innings, giving up eight hits while also striking out eight.
Game 2 saw West Alabama score first; scoring twice in the second to go up 2-0. But, the lead was short lived as Shorter added four runs in the bottom of the inning. With two on base, Johnson singled to put the Lady Hawks on the board. Felicia Morris' 2-run triple later in the inning just missed clearing the fence gave Shorter the lead 3-2. Castaneda also added an RBI in the inning.
The Lady Hawks were in command the rest of the game holding West Alabama scoreless throughout, but adding three additional runs for the 7-2 final. The first came in the fourth on an RBI fly out from Corn, and the final runs came on a 2-RBI single from Dailey in the sixth.
Maddie Bray went the distance for Shorter picking up her eighth win of the season. Over the seven innings, Bray, gave up six hits while striking out four.
Johnson and Dailey both finished the day with 3 RBI each.
The Lady Hawks return to action Saturday, March 23, as they host GSC rival West Georgia in a doubleheader beginning at 1pm.