GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG softball continued its fall schedule last Saturday at the UNCG Softball Stadium as it took on the Queens College Royals. The Spartans improved their fall record to 5-0 following the 13-0 victory over Queens.
The offense got started early as Jasmine Palmer (Biltmore Lake, N.C./Florida State) got things rolling with a single to left and Gabi Cubbage (Felton, Del./Lake Forest) reached on a fielder’s choice. Kayleigh Willis (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox) followed with a double to right center. Jordan Gontram (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage) then hit a three-run homer to give the Spartans the early lead.
The offense went back to work in the third inning. Cubbage led off with a bang, connecting on a solo shot to dead center field. Willis singled and Gontram walked before three-consecutive singles from Stephanie Bryden (Orlando, Fla./East River), Rachael McClaskey (Pine Hill, N.J./Overbrook) and Becca Kale (Hudson, N.C./South Caldwell) drove in three more.
The Spartans put the game out of reach in the top of the fourth inning. UNCG scored five runs on four hits. Palmer, Cubbage, Emily Acquaviva (New Hartford, N.Y./Stony Brook) and Kale all contributed to the rally. UNCG took advantage of three free passes, with Willis being hit by a pitch, and Gontram and McClaskey drawing walks.
In the fifth inning, Cubbage led off with a double to left field and scored when the runner on first attempted to steal second and the throw got away from the Royals infield. Makenna Matthijs (Greenville, N.C./D.H. Conley) added a hit in the sixth inning.
Kylie Bouplon (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day) started in the circle where she threw three-plus innings. The sophomore struck out two batters and allowed two hits without walking a hitter. Mackenzie Winslow (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) was first in relief. She entered with two outs in the top of the fourth and pitched into the fifth inning. She struck out two batters and walked a pair.
Bryden worked in the sixth inning, allowing a lead off single. After the single, the junior fanned the next three hitters she faced. Hannah Stiltner (Megan, N.C./Eastern Alamance) threw in the seventh inning, retiring the side with a ground out and a pair of fly outs.
UNCG softball continues the fall season Friday, October 13th as it hosts Catawba at 6 p.m. at the UNCG Softball Stadium.