Dahlonega, GA - The University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team picked up another split on its second day in Dahlonega, defeating Lander 10-2 in an early morning contest before falling to North Georgia 9-4 to wrap up the season’s first weekend. UAH moves to 2-2 on the season.
The Chargers now will head back to the Rocket City where they will open the home slate of the new year when Miles visits on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
UAH 10, Lander 2
After Brianna Sullivan started the contest with a leadoff walk, the Chargers were in danger of not capitalizing on her free pass, but Kathryn Whitlock had other thoughts as she belted the team’s first homer of the season with two outs in the frame to put the team in front 2-0.
The long fly was followed up by an Abby MacKay double, and she would come around to score on an error by the Lander defense after Nicole Bobrowski singled into left.
Freshman Kimberly Jack (1-1) – making her first collegiate start – took the momentum generated by her offense into the circle and retired Lander in order in the bottom frame of the inning, and she repeated the feat with a 4-0 lead in the second after Kellie Johnson knocked in Mallory McNeal who tripled to begin the inning.
Lander would cut into the deficit in the bottom of the third, scoring twice on four hits to make it 4-2, and the score would remain that way until the UAH fifth when the Chargers would bust the contest open.
Bobrowski started the scoring in the inning with a sacrifice fly that plated pinch-runner Morgan Hopkins, and UAH picked up another pair of runs when Meagan Billingsley doubled to push MacKay and Logan Hopkins across the plate.
After Billingsley scored on a McNeal groundout, Mary Kelley capitalized the big inning with a two-run triple down the right field line to put UAH on top 10-2.
Jack then limited Lander to just a two-out single in its half of the inning to end the contest in five innings. She finished the contest giving up just five hits and the two runs while striking out a pair and walking none.
Each position in the UAH batting order recorded at least a hit, and Whitlock and MacKay both picked up a pair of hits in the game.
North Georgia 9, UAH 4
The Saints grabbed the first lead in the game, leading 2-0 after they scored a pair in the top half of the second inning, but the Chargers would answer with a strong third frame.
Kelley led the inning off as she was hit by a pitch, stole second, and moved to third on a Whitlock single. With a base knock through the left side, MacKay drove in Kelley to make it 2-1, and Billingsley then put the Chargers on top as she blasted a three-run bomb to center to make it 4-2.
North Georgia grabbed one of the runs back with a double steal in the fourth that included a steal of home, and the Saints scored three in the fifth and another trio of runs in the sixth to produce the 9-4 final.
McNeal had a strong showing at the plate, going 3-for-3 to help the Chargers pick up eight hits for the contest.
Whitney Gilbert (1-1) started the contest in the circle and went 4.1 innings while surrendering six hits and six runs. Whitney Toler threw an inning and a third, while Jack finished the contest out by retiring four straight.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations