Softball wins another Sun Belt series

Mcclain Baxley

The Georgia Southern University softball team won its second Sun Belt series over UT Arlington 2 games to 1.

Game One

The series in Texas began Saturday afternoon, when sophomore pitcher Dixie Raley would have another great outing, allowing only three runs on just five hits.

The Eagles scored in the first inning, with junior infielder Alesha Mann hitting a two-run RBI. The Mavericks, however, tied the game in the second and then took the lead in the third inning. That was the only scoring Raley would allow as the Eagles stormed back behind sophomore Lydia Witkowski’s two-run homerun in the fourth inning. The Eagles ended this game in just five innings with a score of 11-3.

Game Two

Junior Kierra Camp started in the circle for game two. It was truly a back-and-forth affair, and the game couldn’t be settled in regulation, so to extra innings we went with the score tied at 6.

Dixie Raley came in for relief in the fifth, and neither team allowed another run until the ninth inning where senior Andrea McKenzie hit a two-run homerun to take the lead. The Mavericks responded in the same frame with a run and a run on an error forcing the game to the tenth inning.

The Eagles would lose this game in heartbreaking fashion as a walk off bunt for UTA would clinch them the game.

Game Three

Sunday’s game was short and sweet for the Eagles as everything seemed to go flawlessly. After a slow start, Georgia Southern started heating up in the third with freshman outfielder Mekhia Freeman’s RBI, and the bats never really stopped the rest of the afternoon.

The Eagles earned 10 hits and ended the day early with an 8-0 win in just five innings. At the plate, Lydia Witkowski had three hits, adding to her great sophomore campaign.

On the defensive side, Raley picked up her ninth win of the season with a one-hit shutout.

Georgia Southern is now 5-4 in Sun Belt play and will travel to Athens to take on UGA Wednesday night before hosting Louisiana Lafayette next weekend.