Argonaut Weekly: March 15-21
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 13 West Florida softball team opened Gulf South Conference play with a doubleheader sweep at West Georgia, extending the team’s win streak to 13 games, to highlight the week in UWF Athletics. The UWF baseball team swept a three-game set with Division I Mississippi Valley State to improve to 15-10, and the Argonauts tennis teams held their own against the top teams in the country on their spring break trip. Finally, the UWF men’s golf team is in eighth place after the first round of the First Federal Southeastern Collegiate hosted by Valdosta State.
ARGONAUTS OF THE WEEK
Melissa Chastang (Satsuma, Ala./Satsuma HS) swung at .417 on the week, collecting five RBI on five hits. The senior left fielder scored seven runs on the week, picking up two stolen bases. Her key performance came in a conference win over West Georgia in which she had a 4-for-5 outing with four RBI with a double and a homerun. Chastang is hitting .411 on the season and leads the team in sacrifice hits with six.
Eric Kroll (Pace, Fla./Pace HS) was patient at the plate this week, drawing six walks in three games to put the Argos in a position to sweep NCAA Division I opponent Mississippi Valley State. The local product from Pace, Fla. was 5-for-6 while driving in three runs during their three game set with the Delta Devils. In game one Kroll blasted his second homerun of the season to give the Argos an early 2-0 lead, on their way to a 6-2 victory. In game two he would score the eventual game winning run after stealing second, his third stolen base of the game. On the week he was 5-for-6 (.833) with three runs batted in and had an impressive .917 on-base percentage.
Andrey Pozhidaev (Sochi, Russia) had a strong week against some of the top competition in Division II tennis, as he finished the week 3-1 in singles, including two wins over ranked opponents. The Sochi, Russia native started the week with a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 32 Luca Pavanelli of Lynn, and the following day he took No. 33 Emanuel Fraitzl of Barry to three sets but fell 6-0, 1-6, 6-4. The sophomore came back to Pensacola and picked up a big 6-1, 6-4 win over No. 13 Jan Plewinski of Ouachita Baptist on Saturday, and he followed that with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Alabama-Huntsville’s Daniel Canellas on Sunday. Pozhidaev is ranked No. 43 in singles and is looking to move up after multiple wins over ranked opponents.
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SOFTBALL (17-2, 2-0 GSC)
- 3/10 vs. Shawnee State (DH): 5-1 W, 9-8 W
- 3/14 @ West Georgia (DH): 11-1 W (5 inn.), 11-7 W
The No. 13 ranked Argonauts extended their win streak to 13 games with doubleheader sweeps over Shawnee State and West Georgia last week. The Argos took two games from visiting Shawnee State on Wednesday afternoon at home, winning 5-1 in the first game, and 9-8 in the second. Jillian Lafrance took home both victories in the circle, and she also collected five RBI on the day. Karri Bisbee went 3-for-4 on the day with three runs and four stolen bases.
UWF continued its hot streak into GSC play on Sunday, scoring 11 runs in each game against West Georgia. The 11-1 victory in game one was credited to Lafrance who threw a complete game, while Ashleigh Allgood earned her second season victory, 11-7 in game two. Crystal Thompson and Lexi Mikedia led with two hits each in the first game, while Danielle Kildow totaled a game-high three RBI. Lafrance gave up just four hits in the contest, allowing just a single run to score. In game two, the Argos were again efficient from the plate, scoring 11 runs on 14 hits that led to the 11-7 defeat of the Wolves. Melissa Chastang was stellar from the plate with a 4-for-5 outing that included four RBI, while Allgood collected her first GSC victory of her UWF career.
UWF is back in action on Monday, facing off with No. 11 Alabama-Huntsville in a GSC doubleheader at 1:00 p.m.
BASEBALL (15-10, 0-0 GSC)
- 3/9 (continued through 3/10) vs. Mississippi Valley State: 6-2 W
- 3/10 vs. Mississippi Valley State: 7-6 W
- 3/11 vs. Mississippi Valley State: 13-1 W
Last week the West Florida baseball team earned three wins over NCAA Division I opponent Mississippi Valley State. The Argos picked up their second consecutive three game sweep over the Delta Devils in as many years as they swept them last season in their first ever meeting between the two teams.
In game one the Argos took a 2-0 lead off the bat of Eric Kroll and never looked back as they went on to win 6-2 in the opener. In the second game the Argos had to battle back from a 3-1 deficit and hold their ground in the top of the ninth to cling on to a 7-6 victory. In the final game of their three game set the Argos put on an offensive display as they went on to win 13-1. A seven-run second and five-run fourth doomed the Delta Devils as the Argos pounded out 12 hits in just six innings of play.
This week the Argos will have one final non-conference matchup before their Gulf South Conference slate begins on the weekend. Monday night the Argos are set to play host to Oklahoma Wesleyan at 5:00 p.m. at Jim Spooner Field before the Lions of North Alabama come to Pensacola for a three game set beginning Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
MEN’S TENNIS (4-5, 2-0 GSC)
- 3/9 @ No. 4 Lynn: 4-5 L
- 3/10 @ No. 2 Barry: 3-6 L
- 3/11 @ No. 13 Florida Southern: Rained Out
- 3/13 vs. No. 6 Ouachita Baptist: 3-6 L
- 3/14 vs. Alabama-Huntsville: 8-1 W
The No. 7 UWF men’s tennis team faced a tough week on the road during their spring break travel, losing three matches to top-ranked teams before returning to Pensacola to finally claim a win, going 1-3 for the week. The Argonauts began play last Tuesday against No. 4 Lynn, falling in a close match 4-5 as Lynn’s two wins in doubles decided the winner before both teams split the singles action. The following day, West Florida travelled to Miami Shores, Fla. to face No. 2 Barry, falling again to another regional opponent 3-6, dropping all but one doubles match and two singles matches. Nationally ranked pair No. 3 Kevin Ducros and Leandro Ferreira were the only Argonauts to claim wins in doubles at both match-ups, improving their record to 6-2 overall. UWF was scheduled to face No. 13 Florida Southern, but due to severe weather conditions the match was cancelled, ending the team’s road trip early.
Back home at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex in Pensacola, the Argonauts split two weekend matches to Gulf South Conference opponents No. 6 Ouachita Baptist and Alabama-Huntsville. On Saturday, West Florida had a 3-1 lead in a non-conference match-up over undefeated Ouachita Baptist before losing three singles matches in the third set to eventually fall 6-3 overall. Sophomore No. 43 Andrey Pozhidaev (Sochi, Russia) pulled out the only singles win, upsetting No. 13 Jan Plewinski 6-1, 6-4. Closing out the week, UWF hosted Alabama-Huntsville and overpowered the Chargers, losing only one match to claim the win with a score of 8-1. The team claimed all three doubles matches as well as five singles matches, improving their overall record to 4-5, 2-0 GSC.
The Argonauts hit the court again at home at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex March 17, when they host Oklahoma Christian at 2:00 p.m.
WOMEN’S TENNIS (4-4, 2-0 GSC)
- 3/8 @ No. 24 Nova Southeastern: 9-0 W
- 3/10 @ No. 5 Barry: 2-7 L
- 3/11 vs. No. 13 California (Pa.): Rained Out
- 3/14 vs. Alabama-Huntsville: 9-0 W
The No. 9 West Florida women’s tennis team had a successful week of spring break competition, going 2-1 and improving their record to 4-4 overall, 2-0 GSC. The Argonauts travelled to Ft. Lauderdale to face No. 24 Nova Southeastern, kicking off the week with a perfect 9-0 win over the Sharks, their third of the season. Junior Taylor Brewster gave up only two sets in her 6-2, 6-0 win over the Sharks’ Blake Bauer, while No. 33 Paulina Ojeda only gave up three in her win over Justine Feaster 6-3, 6-0. The Argonauts then travelled to Barry’s campus Wednesday to take on the No. 5 Bucs, eventually losing 2-7 after just one win in doubles and singles each. The Argonauts were then scheduled to face California of Pennsylvania at the Rollins campus Thursday, but due to severe thunderstorms in the Central Florida area the match was cancelled, sending the team home early.
Finishing out the week, West Florida hosted Alabama-Huntsville in Pensacola at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex, claiming their third perfect win of the season after a 9-0 win over the Chargers. The Argonauts did not drop a single game in doubles, winning each match with a perfect 8-0 mark, and the team dropped only ten games in all six singles matches combined. Freshman Mariana Sonnervig defeated Amanda Sipple without losing any sets, finishing with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 score while sister freshman Luiza Sonnervig and freshman Jacqueline March each only dropped one set in their first matches finishing with an identical 6-1, 6-0 score. The win puts the Argonauts at 4-4 overall, 2-0 GSC.
The women’s tennis team faces Northeastern State Monday afternoon at home at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex at 2:00 p.m.
- 3/14-16 @ Southeastern Collegiate (hosted by Valdosta State): T8 of 18 teams (through first round)
Following the first round of the First Federal Southeastern Collegiate on Sunday, the No. 14 West Florida men’s golf team sits in a tie for eighth place after a 13-over par 301, putting the Argonauts 10 strokes behind tournament leaders No. 10 Florida Southern and Gulf South Conference rival and tournament host No. 16 Valdosta State. Freshman Blake Olson continues to exhibit solid play, leading the team after the first day with a two-over par 74 to place in a tie for 13th overall.
West Florida will begin the second round of the Southeastern Collegiate Monday morning at the Kinderlou Golf Club, with the first Argonaut teeing off at 8:30 a.m.
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THIS WEEK’S UWF ATHLETICS SCHEDULE
Monday, March 15
M. Golf @ Southeastern Collegiate (at Valdosta, Ga.; Kinderlou Forest)
Softball @ Alabama-Huntsville (DH) (at Huntsville, Ala.)* 1:00
W. Tennis vs. Northeastern State 2:00
Baseball vs. Oklahoma Wesleyan 5:00
Tuesday, March 16
M. Golf @ Southeastern Collegiate (at Valdosta, Ga.; Kinderlou Forest)
W. Tennis vs. Ole Miss 2:00
Softball vs. Huntington (Ind.) (UWF Spring Fling) 5:00
Softball vs. William Jewell (UWF Spring Fling) 7:00
Wednesday, March 17
W. Tennis vs. Oklahoma Christian 2:00
M. Tennis vs. Oklahoma Christian 2:00
Thursday, March 18
Softball vs. William Jewell (DH) (UWF Spring Fling) 3:00
Saturday, March 20
Softball vs. North Alabama* (DH) noon
Baseball vs. North Alabama* (DH) 2:00
Sunday, March 21
W. Tennis @ Auburn Montgomery (at Montgomery, Ala.) 12:30
M. Tennis @ Auburn Montgomery (at Montgomery, Ala.) 12:30
Baseball vs. North Alabama* 1:00
Softball vs. West Alabama* (DH) 1:00
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