Brunswick, Ga. – The College of Coastal Georgia women's softball team finished out its home schedule Tuesday afternoon on a solid note, sweeping Brewton-Parker 3-1 and 5-2 in a pair of Southern States Athletic Conference games at the Coastal Georgia Softball Field.
The sweep of the Barons was the second this season for the Mariners who also defeated Brewton-Parker 8-1 and 10-2 back on March 20 when they met for the first time in Mount Vernon.
With the victories, the Mariners ran their record to 32-16 overall and 14-8 in league games. The Barons fell to 9-38 and 3-21.
Coastal Georgia got a complete-game victory from senior Dawn Stewart in the opening game as she improved to 9-9 for the season. The right-hander allowed the Barons just the run on five hits while striking out four and walking none. Stewart held the visitors scoreless through the first three innings before giving up a run in the fourth. She would then of course blank Brewton-Parker the rest of the way.
The Mariners finished with nine hits in the game off Barons' freshman pitcher Autumn Starling who took the loss. She also struck out four and didn't walk a batter.
The Mariners plated single runs in both the first and second innings before adding another solo run in the bottom of the fourth for a 3-1 lead after the Barons got on the board in the top of the inning.
Senior third baseman Katie Burns paced Coastal Georgia with a 3-for-3 showing at the plate. Savannah Money and Olivia Husted were both 2-for-3 for the Mariners while Taylor Lee had two hits in two at-bats.
In the first, Money led off with a single into left field and would advance to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jesi Garrett before moving to third on a single to right by Oliva Husted. Money would then score on a groundout by Oliver for the game's first run.
The Mariners got their first two batters on in the second when Burns and Lee both reached on back-to-back singles before a sacrifice bunt by Ceejay Ham moved them to second and third. Following a strikeout for the second out, Money delivered her second hit of the game when she belted a hard liner into center field that brought home Burns for the 2-0 lead.
After the Barons pulled within 2-1 in the top of the fourth, the Mariners would extend their lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the inning. Burns doubled down the left-field line to lead off the inning. Morgan Slater entered as a pinch runner and would move to third when Lee reached on a bunt-single. Lee would quickly steal second base to put runners at second and third. Ham would then swing at a third strike that got away from the catcher and allowed Slater to race home with Coastal Georgia's third run while Lee went to third.
With runners on the corners and still no outs, the Mariners had a chance to blow open the game. However, Lee was caught trying to steal home as Ham stole second before the next two batters were retired to end the inning.
Stewart made the two-run cushion hold up, however. She retired the Barons in order in the fifth and would allow a leadoff-hit in the sixth before retiring the next three batters. She also allowed a leadoff-hit in the seventh before starting a 1-6-3 double play to get two quick outs and then ending the game on a pop-out to second base.
The second game was tied 2-2 when the Mariners came to bat in the bottom of the fifth and broke the deadlock by scoring three runs including two on a throwing error following a groundball on the infield that should have resulted in the third out of the inning. Alt would then extend the inning with a single through the middle before Burns doubled home the third run to make for the 5-2 score.
The Barons opened the game with a run in the top of the first before the Mariners scored twice in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. Coastal Georgia got RBI-singles with two outs from both Oliver and Alt.
The Barons tied the score at 2-2 with a single run in the third and the score remained tied until Coastal Georgia scored those three runs in the fifth.
As a result of the Mariners regaining the lead in the fifth, Alt (17-5) became the winning pitcher as Coastal Georgia's starter. She worked five innings, giving up the two runs on six hits while walking one and fanning seven.
Husted pitched a scoreless sixth for the Mariners as she retired the visitors in order before Chloe Boulineau came on in the seventh to close out the game and earn the save. She allowed a leadoff-double that bounced over the fence before striking out the next three batters.
The Barons actually outhit the Mariners 7-6 in the game. Oliver and Alt both had two hits for the Mariners while Money and Burns both finished with a hit apiece.
The Mariners will now go on the road to close out the regular season. They play at No. 3 Brenau on Friday before going to Faulkner for two games on Saturday to end the season schedule.