Thomasville, Ga. – The College of Coastal Georgia women's softball team took one of two games here Sunday against Thomas University in a non-conference doubleheader at Armory Field.
The Marines won the opening game 3-1 before dropping the second game 6-4.
With the opening-game win, the Mariners (6-2) won their sixth in a row after losing their first game of the season last weekend. The loss was the first for Thomas (5-1) which has won five of its first six.
Thomas is a future league opponent for Coastal Georgia which will leave the Southern States Athletic Conference for the Sun Conference following this school year.
In Sunday's first game, the Mariners led 2-0 before Kaitlyn Stoltz homered to start the bottom of the sixth for Thomas. That was the first run allowed this season by Coastal Georgia freshman pitcher Paige Alt who threw 23 1/3 innings of scoreless ball for the Mariners to begin her collegiate career.
Still, the tall right-hander would go the distance for her fourth win of the young season. She allowed just four hits while striking out seven and walking two.
The Mariners scored the game's first run in the top of the third on an RBI-single by Morgan Slater which scored Reilly Oliver who led off the inning with a single. Coastal Georgia went up 2-0 in the fifth when Savannah Money scored on an error after reaching base on an error before stealing second to get into scoring position.
After Thomas scored on the Stoltz homer in the sixth, Oliver responded with a leadoff-homer in the top of the seventh that gave the Mariners their 3-1 cushion going into the bottom of the frame.
Alt struck out two of the three batters she faced in the seventh to close out the win.
Coastal Georgia rapped out eight hits against Thomas pitcher Jessica Reid who worked all seven innings and took the loss. Slater, Olivia Husted and Oliver all had two hits each for the Mariners.
In the second game, the Mariners rallied from a 3-1 deficit with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to tie the score at 3-3. Husted delivered a two-run double for the Mariners to tie the score. She had given the Mariners a 1-0 lead in their first at-bat with a solo homer which was her fourth of the season.
However, Thomas came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning on four hits including a two-run double by Cortnee Cifu who had two hits in three at-bats in the win.
Oliver hit her second homer of the day for the Mariners in the sixth to make for the final score.
Coastal Georgia outhit Thomas in the loss. Taylor Horne, Oliver and Husted all had two hits each for the Mariners.
Dawn Stewart took the pitching loss after starting and working into the sixth before giving way to Husted. She gave up six runs on eight hits while fanning two and walking one.
Lauren West pitched a complete game for the Night Hawks to get the win. She struck out four while walking none.
Coastal Georgia will face another Sun Conference foe at home on Wednesday when it welcomes Ave Maria to town for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.