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Kaluau's 3 homeruns propel LWC Softball to sweep

By Christopher Coombs
The No. 3-ranked Lindsey Wilson softball team picked up two more wins over a ranked opponent after downing No. 6 Georgia Gwinnett this afternoon at Sparks Park.

The Blue Raiders (14-0) rolled in the first game against the Grizzlies (12-6), winning 12-3 in just five innings before needing eight innings in game two to pick up a 3-2 victory.

Annabelle Ramirez (9-0) picked up both wins, starting game one and coming on in relief in the seventh inning of game two, as she continues to dominate from the center circle. She finished with 15 strikeouts. Makea-Al Kaluau remains a force at the plate finishing the day with three home runs and six RBI's.

Game 1: Lindsey Wilson 12 | Georgia Gwinnett 3 (Five Innings)
Lindsey Wilson rolled in the opener of their double-header with Georgia Gwinnett as Kaluau spearheaded the offensive surge and Ramirez dominated the from the center circle. Kaluau went 2-for-3 at the plate with two home runs as Ramirez went all four innings with 12 strikeouts, allowing three runs on five hits.

The Blue Raiders scored three runs in both the first and third innings before adding a six-run fourth inning to ultimately put the game away. The Grizzlies managed two runs in the third inning and added one run in the fifth but the game ended via run rule.

Lindsey Wilson managed 12 hits in the game as the Grizzlies produced five.

Kaluau finished with four RBI's in the contest. Zakiya Sizemore recorded three RBI's with just one at-bat - a double in the fourth inning - as five other LWC athletes finished with one. Alexis Garayzar, Mikayla Marquez and Carissa Summers each finished with two hits.

Ramirez moved to a perfect 8-0 on the season in the circle as Georgia Gwinnett's Gracie Hogg (4-4) tallied the loss. Sydney Pelaez managed two hits for the Grizzlies and pushed home all three of their runs.

Game 2: Lindsey Wilson | Georgia Gwinnett
Lindsey Wilson scored the first run of the game in the first inning. Lexi Isable got on base with one out via a single to third. Kaluau was then hit by a pitch as Brianna Griffiths reached on a walk with two outs. Garayzar then singled up the middle for an RBI and the 1-0 lead.

Georgia Gwinnett threatened the Blue Raiders lead in the sixth inning putting runners on second and third but Hannah Epperson was able to get out of the jam with a big strikeout for the third out.

The Grizzlies got on the board in the seventh inning. Georgia Gwinnett produced two hits and ultimately loaded the bases but the Blue Raiders managed to only allow one run to cross home plate.

In extra innings, both teams started with a runner on second base to open the inning.

Georgia Gwinnett was able to push home one run before loading the bases with just one out. Ramirez - who came on in relief in the seventh inning - recorded back-to-back strikeouts to prevent further damage.

Kaluau needed just three pitches to finish off the game in the bottom of the eight as she hit her third home run of the afternoon and first of the game with a two-run shot over the left-field fence. The ball scored Lexi Isable who started the inning at second base. The home run was the eighth this season for Kaluau.

The Grizzlies out-hit the Blue Raiders 7-5 as both teams coughed up two errors.

Epperson started the game in the center circle and pitched six innings and allowed just one run on five hits while punching out five batters. Ramirez (9-0) picked up her second win of the day, pitching the final two innings and adding three strikeouts.

Alexa Good recorded the loss for the Grizzlies, going all eight innings and recording nine strikeouts and allowing just five Blue Raiders hits.

The Lindsey Wilson softball team is back in action tomorrow when they welcome Georgetown (Ky.) to Sparks Park for a 2pmCT Mid-South Conference start.

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