Huntsville, Ala. - The University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team picked up yet another home weekend sweep as the Chargers moved to 32-13 (21-6 Gulf South Conference) by taking a pair of games from Christian Brothers on Sunday. UAH won 8-1 in the first contest of the day and then took the nightcap by a 5-2 score.
With Valdosta State and Shorter splitting their doubleheader on Sunday, the Chargers regained possession of the top spot in the GSC standings.
The team will play one final non-conference game as it hosts Alabama A&M on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before closing out the regular season next weekend with Union and North Alabama.
Game One – UAH 8, Christian Brothers 1
Mary Kelley drove in four runs to lead the Chargers as the team pounded out 10 hits with eight different players recording at least one in the contest, and Whitney Toler (11-2) earned her 11th win of the season as she surrendered just one run to the visitors.
It would be Kelley that would score the first run of the game when she scooted home on a single by Kathryn Whitlock in the bottom half of the first inning, and the Chargers would tack on another run in the second inning after Hannah Woodruff led the inning off with a double down the left field line that allowed her to score on Brianna Sullivan’s infield single later in the frame.
Adding onto the 2-0 lead in the third, Nicole Bobrowski took a 1-2 pitch and placed it in the gap in left center for her third triple of the year, and Cortney McNett scored on the play to make it 3-0 in favor of the Blue and White.
Kelley then would boost the UAH lead by two in the fourth as she drove in Sullivan and Mallory McNeal with her 13th double of the season.
After a scoreless fifth, the visitors would score their lone run of the contest in the sixth, but the Chargers would answer with three runs in bottom frame as Kelley knocked in a pair with her sixth triple of the season. Kelley then scored when McNett doubled later in the inning.
Freshman Kimberly Jack – who had entered the game in the sixth in relief of Toler – then recorded the final three outs to create the 8-1 final.
A day after stealing seven bags against Delta State, the Chargers swiped six more in this affair with Sullivan and Mallory McNeal both notching a pair.
Game Two – UAH 5, Christian Brothers 2
Christian Brothers wasted no time in scoring in the second game of the day as the Lady Bucs struck first and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the visiting half of the first, but the Chargers would not allow the lead to last as they came back and quickly scored a pair in the bottom of the inning.
Abby MacKay picked up the first of two hits she would have on the day in the frame, and McNett and Sullivan both scored on the single into left to put UAH out in front 2-1. After a scoreless second, MacKay would earn her third RBI of the contest when she doubled in McNett who had notched a run-scoring double of her own earlier in the inning, and the Chargers led 4-1 after three.
Neither team scored in the fifth as Whitney Gilbert (9-7) tossed the last of her five innings of one-run ball. The senior scattered five hits and struck out three before yielding to Jack who would toss the final two innings, surrendering a run while earning her sixth save of the season.
Jack’s cause was aided by Lindsey Davis who provided the team with insurance in the bottom of the sixth when she belted her first career homer over the wall in left. She would finish the day 2-for-3 to join MacKay in recording a multi-hit day.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations