VALDOSTA, Ga. – The University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team forced a deciding game three in the NCAA South Super Regional on Saturday, winning 5-4 in walk-off fashion in game two before falling 8-3 in the third contest. UAH ends the season at 43-17, while the Blazers advance with a 46-11 mark.
A two-out rally for Valdosta State that produced five runs – including three on a bases-clearing double off the bat of South Region Player of the Year Courtney Albritton – would be all that the hosts would need in the third game of the series as the team punched its ticket to the Division II National Championships for a second consecutive season.
VSU recorded 13 hits in the contest while holding the Chargers to six and not allowing UAH to score until the sixth inning when Kathryn Whitlock singled to center to plateMary Kelley. The Chargers would put together a two-out rally in the seventh, scoring twice when Cortney McNett doubled down the left-field line, but Hanna Lythberg (16-4) would ultimately record the third out to end the contest and pick up the victory in the circle for VSU.
Kimberly Jack (15-7) was charged with the loss for UAH.
To force the deciding third game of the series, the Chargers overcame three Blazer home runs and scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn the victory.
Kelley had given UAH the first lead of the game with a two-run homer in the first, and after VSU cut the lead in half with an Albritton long fly, Whitlock singled in a run in the third to provide UAH with a 3-1 advantage.
Angela O’Connor then recorded a solo shot in the fourth inning, and Albritton belted a two-run jack in the fifth to put Valdosta State in front for the first time in the game at 4-3.
UAH would tie the contest in the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Brianna Sullivan, and the Chargers then won the game on another two-out RBI as Mallory McNealsingled in Kelley who had doubled to start the inning.
Whitney Gilbert (16-7) pitched four innings of relief and earned her 16th win of the season.
UAH out-hit Valdosta State in the day’s first contest 9-8 with the 3-4-5 hitters of Kelley, McNett, and Whitlock each recording a pair with Kelley also scoring twice and driving in two runs. With three hits and three runs driven in, Albritton led the Blazers in the contest.
Courtesy: UAH Media Relations