In a battle between two of the nation’s top-10
teams, No. 2 Valdosta State visited Huntsville on Sunday and left with
a pair of victories as it defeated 10th-ranked UAH 6-2 in the first
game of the doubleheader before turning around to win 5-3 in the
nightcap. The Chargers drop to 24-9 (6-4 Gulf South Conference) with
the setbacks, while VSU improves to 25-2 (12-0 GSC).
In the day’s first game, the Chargers took an early 2-0 lead when
Cortney McNett belted her fifth homer of the season in the second
inning, plating Kathryn Whitlock who had reached on a fielder’s choice
earlier in the frame.
Unfortunately for the home team, those were the only two runs the Blue
and White would score as the squad left 10 on base for the contest
while being outhit by the Blazers 6-5.
Whitney Toler (8-3) went the distance for UAH and had a strong
beginning to her outing as she recorded four of her six strikeouts in
the game’s first two innings. She surrendered six hits and six runs –
all of which were earned.
Five of VSU’s six runs in the game on two swings of the bat as Sarah
Vaughn had a 3-run blast in the fourth and Samantha Posey recorded a
2-run dinger in the seventh.
In the second game, Valdosta State scored in the first, but the
Chargers evened the contest up with a run in the second as Abby MacKay
crossed the plate on a miscue by the Valdosta State defense in the
second, and UAH took a 2-1 lead in the third as Stephanie Needham
tallied her 11th long fly of the center, homering to tilt the contest
in the Blue and White’s favor.
Adding to its lead, UAH received another run in the fourth when
Mallory McNeal doubled in Kellie Johnson to produce a 3-1 advantage
for the Chargers, but a 4-run Valdosta fourth proved to be the undoing
for the hosts.
UAH outhit the Blazers by an 8-7 margin, and the team finished the
game with eight more left on base as the squad struggled to come up
with a timely hit.
Picking up six strikeouts, Whitney Gilbert (5-4) threw all seven
innings for the Chargers, giving up seven hits and the five runs in
earning the loss.
Mary Kelley and Needham led UAH’s offensive effort as both recorded a
pair of hits in the contest.
The Chargers will return to action on Saturday as the team continues
GSC action on the road at West Florida.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations