UAH Softball Splits Conference Opener At No. 25 UWA
Livingston, Ala. - The University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team split at No. 25 West Alabama on Saturday in the Gulf South Conference opener for both teams, winning the first game 10-7 before falling in the nightcap 4-3. UAH moves to 8-8 (1-1 GSC) while UWA goes to 8-3 (1-1 GSC).
The team will return to action on Wednesday when it travels to Shorter for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.
UAH 10, West Alabama 7
The Chargers quickly jumped in front in the day’s first contest as Nicole Bobrowski poked one through the left side of the infield with two outs to plate Abby MacKay and Cortney McNett to give UAH a 2-0 advantage.
After a scoreless second, the visitors would add to the advantage in the top half of the third as Brobrowski picked up another pair of RBI as she homered, scoring McNett who had doubled earlier in the inning and providing the Chargers with a 4-0 lead.
West Alabama, however, would respond in its half of the inning, scoring three times to make it a 4-3 game, and the Tigers would knot the contest at 4-4 with an additional run in the bottom of the fourth.
Brianna Sullivan led the UAH fifth off with a single, and then scored as MacKay picked up UAH’s second long fly of the day as she belted it out of the park to left-center, placing the Chargers back in front at 6-4, but UWA would again have an answer as the squad scored three times in the bottom frame to go ahead 7-6, claiming its first lead of the contest.
The Charger bats remained hot, however, and Mary Kelley used one swing of the bat to place her team in front as she hit a three-run dinger in the sixth to put the Chargers up for good. Adding an insurance run, Mallory McNeal scored on an RBI-single by Sullivan in the seventh to create the 10-7 final.
Whitney Toler (4-0) remained perfect on the season as she tossed the first five innings and struck out two, and Kimberly Jack (1) picked up the final six outs of the contest to earn her first save of her career, allowing just one hit in the process.
The Chargers outhit the Tigers 12-8 as Sullivan, MacKay, Kelley, and Bobrowski each recorded a pair of hits.
West Alabama 4, UAH 3
UAH again grabbed the first lead of the game as a leadoff walk by Sullivan turned into a run when McNett singled up the middle later in the frame.
After West Alabama pushed two across in the bottom of the third, McNett blasted her team-best third home run of the season to tie the affair at 2-2, and the guests would grab the lead back in the fourth as Lindsey Davis scored after picking up her first double of her career.
UWA would unfortunately match the run in the bottom of the fourth and score again in the fifth while holding UAH off the board the rest of the way to earn the 4-3 victory.
Whitney Gilbert (1-4) was saddled with the loss though she did add to her team-best strikeout total as she collected seven more in 4.2 innings of work. Jack pitched the final 1.1 innings and was perfect, not allowing a hit or free pass while lowering her ERA to 2.43 on the year.
McNett and Davis both collected a pair of hits to combine for four of the team’s six in the game.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations