GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG softball (38-9, 11-2) shut out the Chattanooga Mocs (23-24, 7-6) 4-0 to take the Southern Conference series on Senior Day on Sunday afternoon at UNCG Softball Stadium. The 38 wins ties for third-most victories in a single-season in program history, matching the 2013 (38-19) and 2003 (38-18) teams.
Prior to the game, the Spartans honored their seven seniors: Alicia Bazonski, Gabi Cubbage, Becca Kale, Rachael McClaskey, Kendall McKinney, Alexis Overdiep and Mackenzie Winslow. They have lead the program to a 125-81 record in the last four years with two 30-win seasons and UNCG’s first-ever SoCon Regular Season Championship last year.
UNCG broke open a scoreless game in the fifth inning. Leadoff hitter Jasmine Palmer drew a walk, and Marisa Sholtes got a one-out walk. The bases became loaded on a two-out single to left field by Jordan Gontram. A fielding error by the shortstop allowed Palmer to race home for the first run. Pinch-hitter Stephanie Bryden knocked in Sholtes and Gontram with a double to right field.
The Spartans added an insurance run in the next inning. Palmer got a one-out walk and went to second base on a groundout to first by Makenna Matthijs. Sholtes then doubled off the first baseman’s glove into right field to produce the run.
Bazonski (16-4) tossed her 12th complete game & seventh shutout this season. She gave up seven hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
Bazonski had to get out of several jams throughout the game, as the Mocs left 11 runners on base. Chattanooga had the bases loaded in the fourth inning with one out, but Bazonski ended the threat with a pop out to second baseman Palmer and strikeout. The Mocs then had runners on first and second base with no outs in the sixth inning, and Bazonski got a fielder’s choice herself, fly out to right fielder Overdiep and a pop out to Palmer.
Gontram was the only Spartan with multiple hits, going 2-4 with a double. Sholtes, Gontram, Kale and Bryden each had a double.
UNCG will play its final home game of the season against Campbell on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
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