GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG softball (2-0) defeated local rival Elon 7-2 Sunday afternoon at UNCG Softball Stadium. The two teams played a scheduled, 10-inning game for the fall season.
September is ovarian cancer awareness month, and UNCG wore teal bracelets during the game to bring awareness to this cause. After the passing of Alex Wilcox, a member of the Mississippi State softball team, this summer, the softball community is making a major push this fall to bring awareness to this disease.
Today the #Spartans took the field in teal. We’re with you @HailStateSB & @LSUsoftball Let’s put an end to ovarian cancer together #noonefightssalone @geauxteal #alexwilcox @UNCGSoftball pic.twitter.com/lZ6xyrQpS4— UNCG Softball (@UNCGSoftball) September 23, 2018
Jasmine Palmer scored the game’s first run on a leadoff homer to left field in the third inning. Matthijs then singled to right center and moved to second base on a passed ball. Jordan Gontram hit a two-out home run to left center for two more runs.
The Spartans added another run the following inning. Katie Stettler got an infield single, went to second base on a throwing error by the second baseman and scored on a triple to right field by Monica Pepe.
Palmer hit her second leadoff homer in the fifth inning.
Makenna Matthijs had the Spartans’ third solo homer to center field in the seventh inning.
Matthijs had another solo homer to right center in the last inning.
Stephanie Bryden started in the circle and threw four scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, one walk and no hits.
Kylie Bouplon pitched the next three innings, allowing one run, two hits and one walk with five strikeouts.
Hannah Stiltner tossed the last three innings and gave up one run, one hit and three walks with three strikeouts.
Palmer and Matthijs lead the Spartans with two homers each. Palmer has notched three home runs in the first two games of the fall season.
UNCG returns to action against Duke at home next Sunday at 2 p.m.
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