Decatur, Ala. - The University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team split on the final day of the 2013 Charger Chillout, dropping a 7-1 decision to 12th-ranked North Georgia before bouncing back to knock off Maryville 7-4. UAH now sits at 7-3 on the season.
The Chargers will return to action on Friday when they travel to Alabama A&M.
UAH 7, Maryville 4
In the day's second game, the Chargers fell behind 1-0 as Maryville scored in its half of the opening inning but then quickly answered the bell as Kathryn Whitlock recorded an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning to score Meagan Billingslely who walked earlier in the inning.
A scoreless inning followed before Maryville pulled back ahead with a pair of runs in the third, but again, the Chargers would have an answer.
With Brianna Sullivan standing at third, Whitlock drove in her second run of the contest with an infield single, and Abby MacKay would drive in Whitlock later in the inning with a base knock into the gap in left-center.
UAH starter Whitney Toler (2-1) then tossed a scoreless fourth frame to give UAH the chance to pull ahead for the first time in the home half of the inning.
Kellie Johnson began the inning with a single to right, eventually moving up to third, and a Billingsley sacrifice bunt pushed her across to put the Chargers up 4-3. Mary Kelley would single later in the frame to score Rae Edenfield and give UAH a 5-3 cushion.
After surrendering another run to Maryville in the top of the fifth, an RBI single off the bat of Hannah Woodruff and a run-producing groundout by Johnson provided insurance for the Chargers, and Whitney Gilbert (1) would put two zeroes up on the board in the sixth and seventh to give UAH the win.
Gilbert gave up just one hit and struck out four in her three innings of relief while earning her first save of the season and preserving the victory for Toler who threw the first four innings of the contest.
The Chargers totaled 12 hits in the affair, led by MacKay who was a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish, while Sullivan, Whitlock, and Cortney McNett all recorded a pair of hits.
No. 12 North Georgia 7, UAH 1
Though the Chargers were trailing 7-0 after giving up three runs in the second and two in both the third and fifth, the team did threaten to significantly cut into the deficit in the top half of the sixth.
Leading off the frame with a base hit to left, Billingsley then stole second to put herself into position to score when Whitlock doubled down the line in left making it 7-1. The Chargers proceeded to load the bases as McNett was hit by a pitch, but North Georgia's Courtney Poole (8-0) retired the next three in a row to end the UAH threat.
Poole allowed just four hits in the seven innings she tossed while striking out five.
Kimberly Jack (3-2) took the loss for UAH.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations