By: Santeria Evans | Sports Editor
Photo by: Michael Dunn
On March 21, the South Alabama Jaguars Women’s softball team faced Coastal Carolina at Stanky Field in Mobile, AL. The Jaguars won over the Coastal 11-1 Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore Shelby Sloan led the club at the plate as the redshirt freshman was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a RBI. Senior Abby Krzywiecki, junior Belle Wolfenden, sophomore Kassidy Wilcox and junior Meredith Keel also had multi-hit outings with two hits apiece. Wolfenden drove in four and had a home run, while junior Kennedy Cronan and red shirt sophomore Victoria Ortiz also drove in a pair.
The Jaguars took the early lead with a run in the opening frame. Sophomore Mackenzie Brasher reached on a one-out fielding error who then stole second to move into scoring position. Two batters later, Cronan was issued a free pass, and Sloan’s ball dropped in for a hit, which allowed Brasher to score from first (1-0).
Head Coach Becky Clark stated that she is proud of the team’s effort.
“We have been working to put together consistent quality at-bats and we did that today,” Clark said. “I thought we worked every pitch and applied pressure at the plate and on the bases.”
Sophomore Kassidy Wilcox doubled South’s lead (2-0) as the sophomore drove a 3-0 pitch over the wall in left field for her second home run of the spring to lead off the second. Leading by four, South Alabama broke the game open in the fourth, plating seven runs on eight hits.
Wilcox posted South’s sixth hit of the inning with a single through the left side to put runners at the corners and moved to second on a wild pitch. Ortiz then got into the action as she lined a single back up the middle to score two more runs and make it 11-0.
Infielder Wolfenden stated that after the game she felt as if she had been working hard.
“I just kept it simple today,” said Wolfden. “I’ve been working really hard the past few weeks. I kind of went into a hole [at the plate] the past few weekends, so I just came back today and focused on maintaining my approach. As a team, we were just calm and confident today during our at-bats.”
The Jaguars (16-8, 6-0 SBC) will return home on March 24 to host LSU for a midweek non-conference matchup. First pitch versus the Tigers is set for 6:30 p.m. at Jaguar Field.