HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Extending its winning streak to a season-best seven games, the University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team defeated visiting Stillman on Thursday afternoon. The Chargers won 5-1 in the first game before taking home a 13-0 victory in the second to move to 18-10 on the season. Stillman slips to 14-8.
The Chargers will have Friday off before heading to Florence to take on rival North Alabama.
UAH 5, Stillman 1
Trailing 1-0 after the guests pushed across a run in the top half of the second inning, the Chargers quickly responded to take a 2-1 lead as Mallory McNeal singled into left center to score Kathryn Whitlock who had led the inning off with a free pass. Then with McNeal at second after picking up her ninth stolen base of the season, Brianna Sullivan doubled to plate McNeal and put the Chargers in front.
The score would remain 2-1 through five innings, and Stillman would not threaten again until Michelle Gray doubled with two outs in the top half of the sixth. Kimberly Jack(3) entered the contest in relief of starter Whitney Toler (7-1) and struck out the next batter to end the frame.
Toler threw 5.2 innings in picking up her seventh win of the season, and she surrendered just three hits while giving up just the one run and striking out two.
Providing insurance, the Chargers tacked on three more runs in the bottom half of the sixth.
Morgan Hopkins scored the first of the inning as she scurried home on a passed ball – a play on which Meagan Billingsley moved up to third, allowing her to score when McNeal picked up her third hit of the game. Also recording her third hit of the contest, Sullivan tripled in McNeal to produce the 5-1 final.
UAH 13, Stillman 0
Whitney Gilbert dominated the Stillman lineup in the nightcap, tossing five shutout innings while allowing only one hit and striking out eight on the night.
The strong performance meant she would need just the one run the Chargers put on the board in the first when Abby MacKay reached on a fielder’s choice to short to score Sullivan, but UAH would explode for seven runs in the second inning for good measure.
Nicole Bobrowski started the scoring with an RBI double, while both Sullivan and Mary Kelley recorded run-scoring groundouts. Punctuating the inning with her third homer of the season, Whitlock drove in three runs with one swing of the bat to make it 7-0 after two.
UAH received another long fly – a leadoff blast off the bat of Bobrowski – to go in front 9-0 in the third, and the Chargers crossed the plate four more times in the fourth to create the 13-0 final. Bobrowski, Kelli Pullin, and Morgan Hopkins each knocked in runs in the final UAH inning.
Bobrowski finished the day with three of the team’s 14 hits while driving in four runs and scoring three times, and Whitlock and Billingsley both collected a pair of hits in the contest.