GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG softball (7-0) remained undefeated in the fall season with a 10-0 win over Queens University on Friday and pair of victories (19-3 and 1-0) over Catawba Saturday at UNCG Softball Stadium. Friday’s game went nine innings while the doubleheader on Saturday was seven innings for both games.
The Spartans doubled their lead in the third inning. Makenna Matthijs singled to centerfield with two outs, advanced to second base on a passed ball and scored on a Sholtes’ RBI-single to right center.
Katie Stettler led off the next inning with a homer to left field. Gabi Howard and Delaney Cumbie both drew walks. Howard jogged home on a bases-loaded hit by pitch, and Cumbie was brought home on an RBI-single to right field by Makkena Matthijs.
UNCG got its second-straight leadoff homer to left field in the fifth inning by Samantha Lagrama. After consecutive hits by Stettler and Monica Pepe, Rachel Johnson and Cumbie both walked. Palmer and Sholtes then both hit two-RBI singles for the last four runs of the game.
Sholtes had a team-high three hits, and Matthijs and Stettler both had two hits.
Kylie Bouplon started and went four complete innings. Bouplon allowed one baserunner on an infield single, who got doubled off on the next batter. She retired the side in all but one inning and never let the ball leave the infield with no walks and three strikeouts with the ball.
Hannah Stiltner threw the last five innings and allowed one hit, no walks and six strikeouts.
UNCG scored in every inning in the first game against Catawba. Palmer led off with a double to left field and scored on the next pitch by an RBI-single to right field by Matthijs, who advanced to third base on an error by the right fielder. Stettler knocked in Matthijs on a single up the middle.
In the next inning, Howard hit a two-out, solo home run to left center. Kamryn Graves almost made it back-to-back homers with a ball that hit off the top of the centerfield fence for a double. Graves came home on a single to right center by Palmer, and Matthijs drove in Palmer with an RBI-double.
Sholtes doubled to left field to lead off the third inning. An error by the shortstop and a sac fly by Jordan Gontram produced two runs. Johnson reached on another error by the third baseman and was brought home on a single to right field by Howard.
In the following inning, the bases were loaded following a Matthijs single to centerfield and walks by Sholtes and Stettler. Gontram knocked in two runs with a double down the left field line.
Howard smashed her second homer of the day off the scoreboard in right center in the fifth inning. After Graves reached on an error, Palmer hit another homer off the scoreboard. Matthijs singled to center and scored on a double to left field by Lagrama.
The Spartans had three more home runs in the sixth inning. Gontram and Cumbie hit consecutive solo homers. Howard then hit her third homer of the game. The final two runs of the game came off back-to-back doubles by Graves and Palmer.
Howard finished with four hits, including her three home runs. Matthijs (two doubles) and Palmer (home run and two doubles) also had four hits each.
Stiltner pitched a complete game, allowing two earned runs, five hits and no walks with six strikeouts. She retired the side in the first and third innings.
The last game was won on a walk-off. In the seventh inning Palmer led off with a single to left field followed by a single to center by Matthijs. After the bases were loaded by an infield single from Sholtes, Stetter drove in the winning run on a sac fly deep to centerfield.
Palmer had a team-high two hits and a hit by pitch. Howard added a hit and drew two walks.
Bouplon threw a complete game, four-hit shutout with two walks and six strikeouts. She retired the side to start the game and allowed just one base runner on in the next two innings.
Bouplon got out of a couple jams in the game. In the fourth inning, the first two Catawba players reached base on a single to left field and error. After two-straight strikeouts and a walk that loaded the bases, she got another strikeout to end the scoring threat.
In the last inning Catawba loaded the bases with just one out following an error, single through the middle and walk. Bouplon worked out of the inning with a pop out and a groundout that she fielded herself.
UNCG closes out the fall season against Coker College at home next Friday at 7 p.m.
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