By Karen Allen
Rome, Ga.—Softball earned the split with Valdosta State Sunday afternoon; dropping the opener 2-1 and winning the finale 2-1.
The split moves the Lady Hawks to 37-9 on the season, and 23-7 in the Gulf South. Valdosta goes to 33-8 overall, and 18-7 in conference play.
Both Shorter and Valdosta scored one run in the first inning of game one to make it a 1-1 game. Valdosta's came on an RBI single from Sarah Vaughn; while the Lady Hawks got on the board on an RBI double from Felicia Morris.
The game would remain tied at one until the final inning, as the Blazers went ahead 2-1 on an RBI single from Shelby Altman, and then retired Shorter in order to end the game.
Hannah Lythburg picked up the win for Valdosta; allowing one run on five hits, with six strikeouts. Christina Ezell was tagged with the loss for the Lady Hawks; giving up two runs on five hits, with nine strikeouts and four walks over seven inning of work.
In Game 2, Shorter went up 1-0 in the third inning, as Kendall Johnson scored on a fly out. In the fifth inning, the Lady Hawks tacked on an insurance run on an RBI double from Morris.
In the sixth inning, with two out Valdosta cut the lead in half, as Hannah Strickland delivered an RBI single. The rally was short lived, as Maddie Bray, in relief of Kristen Little, struck out the next batter. The Lady Hawks avoided trouble in the seventh to hang on for the win.
Little earned the win for Shorter; pitching 5.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits, with five strikeouts. Brianna Hancock recorded the loss for the Blazers; allowing two runs on five hits, with three strikeouts.
Felicia Morris accounted for all of the Lady Hawks' RBI, finishing the day with four hits and three RBI.
Shorter will be back in action Wednesday, April 24, as West Georgia comes to Alto Park for a Gulf South Conference match-up. The doubleheader is set to begin at 4pm.