Argonauts Crush Lambuth in Sunday Sweep
UWF Scores 29 Unanswered Runs
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida softball team pounded Lambuth University early and often on Sunday afternoon, sweeping the Eagles, 21-0 and 8-0, at the UWF Softball Complex. Both games were ended in the 5th inning because of the mercy rule.
UWF is now 14-2 at home this season, and moves back over .500 with the wins, at 15-13 overall.
No quarter was given in the opening game, as the Argonaut bats unleashed a beatdown unrivaled by any prior 2011 performance. UWF scored 21 runs on 21 hits, both season highs.
The majority of the carnage came in the 3rd inning, when UWF sent 22 batters to the plate and scored 16 times. Four different Argonauts batted three separate times in the frame. The Argonauts scored 13 runs in the inning before Lambuth recorded an out, putting the game out of reach.
Every Argonaut starter recorded at least one hit and scored at least one run in the game. Amber Ingram tied a career-high with four hits, while Crystal Thompson, Danielle Kildow and Ashliegh McLean each tallied three knocks. Thompson had a team-high four RBI, while Ingram, McLean, Victoria Harvey and Kaley Kania each had three.
The runs batted in were the first of Harvey’s collegiate career, as were her two base hits. She also picked up the victory on the mound, torching the Eagles (2-20) for five scoreless innings and four strikeouts.
Game two was a tighter affair, but still produced a lopsided final score that necessitated the use of the mercy rule. West Florida scored five times in the 5th to send both teams to the showers.
McLean (10-8) threw five scoreless innings to pick up the win. She allowed just three hits.
The Argonauts plated single runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings before opening the floodgates in the 5th. Elizabeth Nugent had a career-best three-hit day, while McLean, Kania and Lauren Correia all tallied two hits. Five different UWF players had a single RBI, including Lauren Butherus, who drove in her first collegiate run.
Correia scored a career-high three times, while McLean came home twice.
UWF played picture-perfect defense on the day, playing ten innings of error-free softball.
The Argos are back on the diamond this Thursday, when they face Ouachita Baptist as part of the Gulf South Conference Crossover in Decatur, Ala. First pitch is slated for 2 pm.