Huntsville, Ala. - Cortney McNett and Abby MacKay combined to drive in 13 runs, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team ran its winning streak to seven games as the Chargers throttled visiting West Georgia 11-3 in the first game of the twin-billing before winning 10-1 in the nightcap. The Chargers improve to 26-11 (17-4 Gulf South Conference), while West Georgia slips to 13-23 (6-17 GSC).
McNett was a perfect 4-for-4 in the first game as she matched the program record for RBI in a game with seven while scoring twice herself, and MacKay busted the second game open with a grand slam in the first inning before hitting a two-run shot in the second to drive in six for the game.
The Chargers will play Miles on Wednesday at home before embarking on the key swing to West Florida and Valdosta State next weekend.
Game One – UAH 11, West Georgia 3 (F/6 innings)
The Wolves grabbed the first lead of the contest on a solo shot off the bat of Nicole Yancey, but the hosts would answer with a blast of their own in the home half of the inning when McNett worked a 10-pitch at-bat, ultimately depositing the ball over the fence in left for her team-leading ninth homer of the season. The three-run bomb plated Brianna Sullivan and Mary Kelley who had both walked to start the inning.
Starter Whitney Toler would work a scoreless second to keep it 3-1 in favor of the Chargers, but the lead would balloon to 5-1 when McNett singled into center to drive in Meagan Billingsley and Mallory McNeal after the pair began the frame with back-to-back singles.
West Georgia then cut into the deficit, however, making it 5-3 with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth.
Immediately regaining the four-run advantage, Kelley led off the bottom half of the inning with her fourth triple of the season, and McNett earned her sixth RBI of the day with a single that easily scored Kelley.
Nicole Bobrowski then became the first Charger not named McNett to drive in a run, recording a sacrifice fly on which pinch-runner Logan Hopkins scored to give UAH a 7-3 lead after four.
Kimberly Jack (10-4) tossed the final 2.1 innings of the contest, allowing just two hits and no runs while striking out one and making it possible for UAH to end the contest early when the team put up four runs in the bottom of the sixth.
After Kelley led off the inning with a double down the left field line, McNett wrote her name into the record books by driving in her seventh run as she doubled off the fence in left, just narrowly missing out on breaking the record altogether as her bid for her second round-tripper of the day came up just short.
Two batters later, the ball would indeed sail out of the park as Bobrowski pushed it over the fence in left for her third long fly of the season to make it 10-3, and the Chargers were able to walk off under the eight-run rule when Keri Krake doubled in Kellie Johnson to produce the 11-3 final.
UAH recorded 12 hits in the game with McNett's four leading the way while both Kelley and Billingsley recorded a pair, and seven of the 12 were for extra bases as the Chargers tallied four doubles, a triple and the two home runs.
Game Two – UAH 10, West Georgia 1 (F/5 innings)
West Georgia would again grab the first lead of the game, pushing across a run in the first inning but ultimately it would be the only run that Whitney Gilbert (6-6) would surrender in earning the complete game victory. The senior hurler scattered six hits while striking out five in the five innings.
Starting her impressive day, MacKay took a 3-2 pitch with the bags full of Chargers and belted it out of the park in left for the grand slam while giving UAH a 4-1 lead.
The UAH offense was not done, however, as the team would put a five-spot on the board in the bottom of the second.
Kelley tripled down the right field line with one out in the frame, and her fifth three-bagger of the year scored Billingsley and Sullivan. Later in the frame with two retired, Kathryn Whitlock drove in Kelley to give UAH a 7-1 advantage before MacKay would punctuate the inning when she launched a mammoth shot into left, nearly clearing the scoreboard while making it 9-1 in favor of the hosts.
MacKay finished the game 2-for-2 with the pair of long flies and the six RBI while also scoring twice.
UAH would earn its 10th run of the contest in the third inning when Megan Walker earned an RBI on a grounder to third, scoring Lindsey Davis.
The Chargers recorded just six hits in the contest, but for a second consecutive day showed a patient approach as the team drew eight walks. For the weekend, UAH collected an impressive 25 free passes.
UAH used 17 different players in the contest.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations