The Spartan softball team saw action all last week, facing Elon on April 19 and a big conference matchup against Furman over the weekend. This weekend’s matchup is one of the last conference matchups of the season, increasing the importance and value in winning these game, with these two teams battling for the top spot in the conference before the season ends. Sitting under only Furman, this series has large implications on where UNCG could be in the conference standings for the playoffs. Though these three games UNCG would come out going 1-1 in the series with the third game being cancelled due to weather.
The first game to start the weekend seriess for the Spartans was against Elon where the Spartans would lose 7-2. UNCG got a total of five hits and scored the only two runs for the team in the fourth and seventh innings of the game. Elon put the pressure on early by scoring two runs by the third inning. With a total of eight hits, half of which coming in the fifth inning, this pushed Elon into a comfortable position to win the game. The Spartans went with three pitchers in this game, Alicia Bazonski, who allowed six hits, three runs and one strikeout. Stephanie Bryden, who gave up three runs, one hit and no strikeouts, all in less than an inning of work. And Kylie Bouplon, with one hit allowed, one run allowed and two strikeouts. While Elon went with two pitchers, Kiandra Mitchum, with one hit allowed, zero runs and three strikeouts. And Kenna Quinn, who allowed four hits, two runs and earned two strikeouts.
The second game for the Spartans, but the first of the weekend was played on Saturday with Furman winning the game 1-0. The Spartans had a total of seven hits but couldn’t manage to bring any of their baserunners home. On the other side of the field, Furman had eight total hits and the only run of the game, which was scored in the final inning of the game. Alicia Bazonski the Spartans only pitcher for the game allowed all eight hits from Furman while also getting eight strikeouts. Lindsey Bert also pitched the entire game for Furman allowing seven hits and earning eight total strikeouts.
The second game of the series was much different for the Spartans as they pounded Furman, beating them 11-0 with the Spartans racking up ten hits for the game. The hit leader, leadoff batter Jasmine Palmer, made it on base three out of her four at bats and scored two runs for the game. While on the other side of the field Furman was shut down, UNCG only allowed three hits out of 17at bats with no runs earned. UNCG put the heat on Furman early by scoring ten runs early on and taking the life out of the opponent before they can react. The Spartans went with two pitchers for the game, Kylie Bouplon with three strikeouts and two hits allowed and Mackenzie Winslow who only pitched one inning and allowed one hit and zero strikeouts. Furman also went with two pitchers, Emily Demonte who only pitched for less than an inning and allowed six hits, tens runs and one strikeout. Elsie Smith finished out the game with four hits allowed, one run allowed and one strikeout.
After today’s doubleheader against Presbyterian, the blue and gold schedule plays out like this. A three games series away at Chattanooga Tennessee on April 29 and 30, and a final three game series at home against ETSU on May 6 and 7. All six of these games are conference matchups and will be a big factor in decided where UNCG lands on the conference leaderboards at the end of the season.
With the Spartans in second place in the SoCon standings it’s safe to say we will have a good position in the conference tournament, but the team would need to win much of these games as ETSU is competing with UNCG and Furman in the top three conference rankings.