Childs Records Shutout In Wards 300th Career Win As Head Coach

FORT VALLEY, Ga.- Georgia Southwestern softball Head Coach Eddie Ward captured his 300th career win on Sunday when the Lady 'Canes swept Fort Valley State at Wildcat Stadium.

GSW improved to 12-10 overall while Fort Valley State dropped to 9-0.


Hayley Tierce hit a double to score Mikela Barlow early in the first to take a one-run lead. Fort Valley State tied it up in the bottom of the first off an error.

The Lady 'Canes came back with a huge second inning having six hits and scoring seven runs. Barlow hit a two-run single to score Sabrina Sieber and Emily Smith. Graysen Sanders and Barlow scored off an error by the right fielder, Tierce scored off a single from Joshlyn Martin, Martin scored off a single from Sieber and McCain scored off a single from Sanders.

GSW scored four more in the third to take an 11-run lead. Ella Hawkins scored off a single from Allee Denney, Tierce off a single from Martin, Denney off a single from Sieber and Martin off a single from Sanders.

GSW's pitching staff held off Fort Valley State and were able to close out the game in five innings.

Sieber was 3-for-4 at the plate while Tierce and Sanders were 2-for-3.

GSW finished with 13 hits and one error.

Shannon Gibson (W, 3-3) pitched five innings, faced 19 batters, struck out 10, scattered three hits and one run.


Sanders singled in the second to score Denney and hop on the board first. The game was quiet until the fourth when GSW pushed six across the plate to take a seven-run lead.

Sanders hit a two-run double to score McCain and Brittany Davis. Hawkins hit a two-run triple to score Sanders and Smith. Barlow tripled to score Hawkins and Tierce hit a sacrifice fly to score Barlow.

McCain scored off a single from Rebekah Davis in the fifth and GSW's defense held off Fort Valley State from scoring anymore runs to take another five-inning win.

Sanders was 2-for-3 at the plate.

GSW finished with eight hits and no errors.

Brittany Childs (W, 6-2) recorded her first shutout of the season. Childs faced 16 batters, struck out eight and gave up one hit.

The Lady 'Canes are home on Thursday in a non-conference doubleheader against Palm Beach Atlantic at 12:00 p.m.

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