Winning its fifth and sixth straight, the No. 22 UAH softball team defeated visiting Christian Brothers on Sunday afternoon as it won 8-0 in the first game before taking a 9-1 decision in the second contest. The Chargers improve to 35-12 (17-7 Gulf South Conference), and CBU drops to 11-24 (6-15 GSC).
For the second straight day, the hosts picked up a pair of terrific starts in the circle.
In the 8-0 victory, Whitney Gilbert (15-5) allowed only four hits and struck out six in the six innings as she posted her third straight scoreless outing to give her five shutouts on the season, and she picked up her sixth victory in her last seven starts.
Whitney Toler (15-6) surrendered only three hits and an unearned run in the nightcap, striking out three while walking none.
Both were quite effective as Gilbert threw just 76 pitches and Toler tossed 75.
Headlining the offense on the day was Cortney McNett who busted open the second game with a grand slam in the fifth inning. With the score 3-1 in favor of the Chargers, McNett belted one to left-center for her eighth homer of the season.
She also had recorded a two-run double in the third inning as she finished the day with six RBI.
Kathryn Whitlock, Meagan Billingsley, and Kellie Johnson each also drove in a run in the contest as the Chargers used a heavy dose of small-ball to pick up the victories.
In the first game’s first frame, Mary Kelley doubled in Kelli Long who had reached on an error and then swiped second. Stephanie Needham then moved Kelley closer with a sacrifice bunt, allowing Kelley to score on a groundout by Whitlock to produce a 2-0 lead.
Using the same approach in the second, the Chargers tacked on another run.
After Abby MacKay doubled to start the frame, she moved to third on a sacrifice by Billingsley, and then MacKay scored when Johnson sacrificed herself to make it 3-0 in favor of the Blue and White.
The Chargers tacked on another run in fourth on a Billingsley solo shot down the left field line, and Sam Deep scored in the fifth to make it 5-0 before the hosts scored three times in the sixth to end the game.
Four Chargers – Needham, Whitlock, Billingsley and Mallory McNeal – recorded a pair of hits in the first game as UAH outhit the Lady Bucs 11-4. In the second game, McNett’s three hits led the way followed by Long, Billingsley, and Johnson who each recorded a pair to aid UAH in picking up 12 hits.
In the two games combined, the Chargers stole 13 bags, and Long led the way with five steals on the day.
Continuing its long homestand, the Chargers will return to action next Saturday when West Florida visits at 4 p.m.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations