WGTC softball earns split with 18th ranked Spartanburg Methodist

WGTC softball earns split with 18th ranked Spartanburg Methodist

DOUGLASVILLE, Georgia – West Georgia Tech softball split with No. 18 Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) University Sundayafternoon in Douglasville, dropping the first game 6-2 before taking the nightcap 5-4.

The win in game two was the first victory for West Georgia Tech as a NJCAA Division 1 softball program. The Knights made the move to D-1 after debuting the program as a club team last year.

West Georgia Tech is 1-4 overall on the season, having played a brutal early schedule in which four of its first five opponents were nationally ranked.

“I’m extremely proud of our team for how they played this weekend against some really tough competition,” said West Georgia Tech head coach Stephanie Herrera. “I kept telling the girls to play with their hearts, to dig deep and not to quit. It was a solid team effort to pick up the win in game two, and we really played a good game in game one outside of one bad inning.”

Game 1: Spartanburg Methodist 6, WGTC 2

The Golden Knights gave up four runs in the fourth inning to fall behind 5-1 in game one against No. 18 Spartanburg Methodist and that proved to be the difference in the 6-2 loss.

The Golden Knights actually outhit Spartanburg Methodist 8-4, but four WGTC errors proved costly.

Brittany Portwood picked up the loss on the mound despite allowing just one earned run on four hits over seven innings. She struck out four and walked five.

West Georgia Tech was led at the plate by Lacy Newman, who went 2-for-3 on the afternoon.

The Golden Knights stranded eight base runners.

Game 2: WGTC 5, Spartanburg Methodist 4

West Georgia Tech scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to earn its first victory of the season, 5-4 over No. 18 Spartanburg Methodist in game two of the doubleheader.

WGTC led 4-0 going into the fifth but allowed three runs in the top of the fifth and another one in the sixth, which tied the game at 4-4.

Keisha Stone started the game for the Knights and allowed just two runs over five innings.

Brittany Lundgren came on in relief and pitched two innings allowing just one run.

“Our pitching rotation of Keisha Stone and Brittany Portwood was phenomenal this weekend,” Herrera said. “I’m proud of Brittany Lundgren who came on and got the save for us. Just a great effort all-around by our pitching staff.

Harlee Mills led WGTC offensively (2-for-3 with an RBI).

The Golden Knights are scheduled to return to action on Tuesday at Central Alabama Community College, weather permitting.


Pictured: WGTC Catcher Randi Phillips