The University of West Alabama softball team brought home a win this past weekend in a three game series, as they split with Delta State on Saturday, Feb. 18, and won their final game on Sunday, Feb. 19, in their home opener.
Saturday consisted of the Tigers taking a 3-to-1 victory in game one. They were unable to capture a win in game two against the Statesmen, who snuck past the the Tigers to win in extra innings, 7-to-5.
“You’ll see a lot of intensity, a lot of speed, a lot of humor, a lot of sweat,” Head Coach Carie Dever-Boaz said, “It’s definitely not your typical ‘just wait’ softball. We go hard.”
Game three took place on Sunday afternoon with packed bleachers on both sides. The team shouted cheers from the dugout and player, Ashley Stassin, danced to NSync’s “Bye Bye Bye” while on deck.
The Tigers scored first in the bottom of the second inning when Allison Craft ran home on a single by Chelsea Lobitos. Soon after advancing to third, Lobitos scored the second run of the game on a passed ball. Another error by Delta State resulted in Annah Catherine Storey advancing to third. West Alabama lead Delta State 2-to-0.
In the top of the third inning, Delta State scored their only run of the game after Mari Sandridge homered to center field.
The bottom of the fourth inning saw three runs by the Tigers. Savannah Smathers hit a single, soon advancing to second, while Lobitos advanced to third and Ashley Smart ran home. After Lobitos scored for the second time on a passed ball, Smathers advanced to third and managed to score on an error. West Alabama lead Delta State 5-to-1, securing the win.
“We focus on each game, each opponent, and if you break it down even simpler, one pitch and win the inning,” Dever-Boaz said, “You win more innings than the team that you’re playing, you win a lot of ball games.”
UWA’s softball team will play a double-header at Miles College on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.