The Spartan softball team has been on fire this season. With a general record of 38-9 and 11-2 in conference, the Spartans have been playing well. This streak of winning continued into the weekend as the Blue and Gold beat the Chattanooga Mocs two games to one in a three-game series.
The first game, part of Saturday’s doubleheader, was a 5-4 loss in ten innings to the Mocs. It was a hard-fought game, but ultimately ended in the single loss of the weekend. In the first inning, Jasmine Palmer made her presence known as she got home on a fielder’s choice by Stephanie Bryden. The Mocs tied it up 3-1 next inning. The Blue and Gold added another run in the second inning from Palmer, as she drove Alexis Overdiep into home with a groundout. UNCG put up two more runs in the fourth, with Palmer, yet again, making her presence known with a two-run shot to left field.
Chattanooga put up another run in the fifth and then the game was quiet until the tenth inning when the Mocs were able to score on a one-out RBI-single. Alicia Bazonski threw a full, ten inning game, allowing ten hits, four walks and two strikeouts.
The second game was a 4-2 victory. The first two runs came in the third inning off of the bat of Jasmine Palmer, who hit a sacrifice fly to get in the first runner. Makenna Matthijs doubled next to get Rebecca Kale into home for the 2-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Emily Acquaviva knocked in Kayleigh Willis with a single to make it 3-0. They added an insurance run in the sixth inning from a drawn walk from Makenna Matthijs with the bases loaded, allowing Kale to have a nice jog to home plate for the 4-2 victory. Stephanie Bryden pitched 2.1 innings and relief pitcher Hannah Stiltner threw 4.2 innings with three strikeouts.
The last game was a solid 4-0 victory for the Spartans. On senior day, Alicia Bazonski pitched seven innings and gave up 7 hits, but no runs. She also had 4 strikeouts, so she kept the Mocs in line on her end. The rest of the team put up runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Three runs were put up in the fifth after a fielding error that got Jasmine Palmer home and a double by pitch-hitter Bryden which got two more runners in to take a 3-0 lead. In the sixth inning, Marisa Sholtes advanced to second another Mocs error to get one more runner in. That made the score 4-0, and it was more than enough to seal the game on senior day.
The Spartans recognized their seven seniors before the last game of the weekend. Those seniors include Alicia Bazonski, Gabi Cubbage, Becca Kale, Rachael McClaskey, Kendall McKinney, Alexis Overdiep and Mackenzie Winslow.
UNCG Softball will be losing a ton of talent at the conclusion of the season, and was blessed to have all these wonderful ladies represent the team the last four years and bring home a SoCon championship home to Greensboro last season.
With the season coming to a close, UNCG only has a few games left. A one game stand against Campbell today at the UNCG Softball Stadium at 5 p.m. will be their next test. The schedule then continues into NC State to take on the Wolfpack for three games from April 28-29, with the first two games being played on Saturday and the last being played on that following Sunday.
UNCG then closes out their regular season with a three-game conference series against Samford in Birmingham on May 5 and May 6.
The Southern Conference Tournament will begin on May 9 and run through May 12. It will be played at home, in the UNCG Softball Stadium, so the UNCG sluggers will have home field advantage.