Tally stole three bases in the series to move up to 61 steals for the year, setting a DSU record and a GSC record for most steals in a single season. The previous season record at DSU and the GSC was 59 steals, which was set back in 2006 by Alyse Hasty. Tally’s season total now gives her 98 steals for her career, which puts her third on DSU’s all-time list for stolen bases in a career and tied for eighth with Valdosta State’s Stacey Sassone (98 steals, 1992-95) on the GSC career stolen bases list. Hasty is the all-time leader at DSU and the GSC in career stolen bases with 135. Two more steals for Tally would make her only the second person in DSU history to have 100 career stolen bases and the eighth overall in GSC history.
Tally also went 6-for-10 in the West Florida series with three runs scored as DSU won two out of three games. Delta State won game one 13-8 on Friday, lost game two on Saturday 5-2 and won Saturday’s game three 5-4. Delta State evened its record at 27-27 with a 13-16 mark in the GSC, while West Florida fell to 27-21 with a 16-13 record in the GSC.
The series helped Tally push her batting average up to .341 with 55 runs scored. Tally’s 55 runs put her third in the GSC this season.
Tally wasn’t the only bright spot in the series for DSU. Kaitlin Moore had a monster three games against West Florida by going 8-for-10 with six RBIs and two runs. Moore is currently leading DSU in batting average (.391), RBIs (53), hits (72), doubles (18), slugging percentage (.533) and on-base percentage (.441).
Amber Adcock went 5-for-12 with a home run and four RBIs, Megan Mayfield went 5-for-7 with four runs and Taylor Holland went 4-for-11 with two runs and a RBI to round out the leaders for the Lady Statesmen.
In the circle over the weekend, Miller Maddox picked up the win in relief in game one by giving up two runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts in four innings of work, while Taylor Tucker (11-11) earned the win in game three by giving up two runs on four hits with a strikeout and no walks in 3 1/3 innings of work.
Maddox (6-8) suffered the loss in game two by giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits with a walk and a strikeout in 4 1/3 innings of work.
DSU will return to the softball diamond on Thursday when the team takes on West Florida again at 11 a.m. in the first round of the GSC Softball Tournament at Heritage Park in Cullman, Ala. DSU will be a fifth seed, while West Florida will be a fourth seed in the double-elimination tournament.