Friday, March 9, 2012
Bellarmine Bombs Down UWG
The ball was flying out of University Field on Tuesday evening — and unfortunately for first-year University of West Georgia softball coach Mandy Harris, it wasn’t doing so when the home team was at the plate.
The Wolves dropped a pair of games against Bellarmine University to open a daunting week, falling in the opener, 3-1, before succumbing in the nightcap, 11-2, behind a combined five Knight home runs in the two games.
In the opener, Bellarmine (12-8) used a two-run dinger from Madi Ratliff to give it the lead for good at 2-1 in the top of the fourth. The visitors from the Bluegrass State tacked on another home run — this one a solo shot courtesy of Lauren Summe — to give Bellarmine hurler Alicia Miller (5-4) some insurance.
West Georgia (5-11) out-hit the Knights, 8-5, in the game, but got its only run on a solo blast from Kristen Sheffield in the bottom of the second.
In the second game, Ratliff struck again to get things going for the Knights, delivering a three-run homer over the left-center fence to put Bellarmine ahead 4-0 in the third.
West Georgia got a run back on a Nicole Yancey solo shot in the bottom of the sixth, but the Knights busted the game open with a seven-run seventh, getting solo home runs from Megan Murdoch and Scarlett Powers for deep balls No. 4 and No. 5 on the day.
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