ST. GEORGE, Utah---A classic match-up one of the nation's top pitching teams against a top-ten offense went the way of the Wallace-Dothan Govs, as they topped the Arizona Western College Matadors Wednesday evening at the Canyons Complex in the opening round of the NJCAA Softball Championship.
While the Govs boasted two of the top pitchers in the country and the Matadors offense ranked in the top ten in many offense categories, it was a defensive mistake that broke the scoring open in the second inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Matador Starter Koryne Coddington appeared to escape the threat with a pop-up, but the ball fell into shallow left field and the Govs jumped ahead by two.
Govs' Catcher Hope Mynard extended the lead with a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth.
The Matadors would break the seal against the Govs Starter Mallie Brown in the top of the fifth when Sabrina Garcia belted a line drive homer over the center-field fence. The Mats got closer in the inning after Azalea Moore singled and came around on Andrea Cline's run scoring single to pull the Matadors within one.
But the Govs offense put the game out of reach in the bottom of the inning when they posted four runs to push the lead to five.
That was plenty for Brown who finished off the win for Wallace-Dothan with two more scoreless innings, holding up the 7-2 score and sending the Govs to a second round contest against Top-Seeded Seminole State.
The Matadors fall to 53-11 on the year and will face elimination when they square off against another Alabama team, the 16th seeded Shelton State Buccaneers Thursday evening at 5:00pm MDT.