On Thursday, April 30, the Lady Bulldogs softball team traveled to Valdosta, Georgia, to compete in the Gulf South Conference tournament. Union was seeded fifth, and their first game of the tournament was against the fourth seed, Shorter University (Georgia).
The game began at 11:30 a.m. In the bottom of the third inning Shorter scored two runs to take the 2-0 lead.
However, Union quickly responded.
Summer Cross, junior nursing major and outfielder, scored a run off a hit from Caylee Crews, junior nursing major and infielder for the team.
This made the score 2-1, Shorter University.
Union continued to battle through the game, but were unable to come back to defeat the Lady Hawks.
Kelly Robey, senior sports management major and pitcher for the team, had seven strikeouts and one walk through six innings.
“We played a really great game against a great team,” said Reagan Schrader, junior psychology major and utility player for the team. “The game could have really gone either way.”
Due to the tournament being double-elimination, the Lady Bulldogs played in an elimination game against No. 6 seeded Delta State University (Missisippi), on Friday, May 1, at 9 a.m.
The Lady Bulldogs attacked hard with several chances to earn runs, but Delta State’s defense proved to be very strong.
Defensively, the Lady Bulldogs and the Lady Statesmen managed to allow zero runs in the first seven innings.
The tied score of 0-0 sent the game into extra innings.
Alex Williams, senior athletic training major and pitcher/outfielder for the team, kept the game alive for Union in the bottom of the eighth with a throw home after a hit to left field.
However, the next batter for Delta State hit another ball to left field, while two runners were on base. This made the final score 1-0, ending the game.
Robey had another solid performance from the mound only allowing six hits and one run in eight innings.
The Lady Bulldogs finished their first Gulf South Conference season with an overall record of 31-19.