UAH Softball Splits With Top-Ranked Valdosta State

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Huntsville, Ala. - Bouncing back after a game one defeat, the University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team earned a split with Valdosta State on Sunday afternoon at Charger Park.

UAH (11-9, 4-2 GSC) fell behind 5-0 in their first game of a doubleheader against the No. 1-ranked Blazers (20-5, 7-3 GSC), but rebounded with a 5-0 start of their own in the second game.

The Chargers' bats struggled to string hits together in the first game, as a Kathryn Whitlock fifth-inning home run was the lone highlight. UAH finished with 10 hits in the game, but mustered up just the two runs on just one swing of the bat.

Benefitting from four unlikely errors in the second game, UAH shut out the visiting Blazers 5-0 in the second game.  Whitney Gilbert threw some of her best stuff of the season, holding the high-powered Valdosta State offense to just six hits, while not surrendering a single run.

A Cortney McNett two-run home run in the first inning opened the scoring for the Chargers, as the senior crushed one over the left field wall to give her squad an early 2-0 lead.

Mary Kelley lined another home run a pitch later over the fence in left center into the netting of the scoreboard. The back-to-back home runs gave UAH a 3-0 lead after the first inning.

UAH would add another run in the second inning and another in the third, both runs coming off a VSU error. All five runs scored were unearned.

It was the first time Valdosta State was shutout all season.

The Chargers hit the road this weekend for a pair of conference doubleheaders at Delta State and at Christian Brothers.

Courtesy UAH Media Relations