UNA Softball Splits With Christian Brothers

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Memphis, Tenn. –

 The University of North Alabama softball team split a Gulf South Conference double-header on the road against Christian Brothers Sunday afternoon with each team getting a mercy-rule victory. The Lions took the opener 10-0 before falling 14-4 in the second game. Each contest lasted just five innings.

With the split, UNA is 33-11 on the year with a 16-8 mark in GSC play. The Lions fall to third place in the conference standings behind Valdosta State.

In the first game, Breanna Riley and Haley Barnette combined to pitch a shutout while the UNA offense produced 10 runs off 13 hits in only five innings.

After a solo home run by Dani Colwill led off the top of the second inning, the Lions also plated four runs in each of the next two frames to take control of the game. North Alabama finished up the scoring with a single run in the top of the fifth before Barnette retired three straight batters in the bottom of the frame to secure the win.

Colwill finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI. Callie Steadman also went 3-for-4 in the opener while Summer Wilkerson, Nicki Whitten and Nikki Hodges added two hits each. After starting the game in the circle, Riley improved to 15-4 on the year. She struck out six and surrendered only three hits in the shutout effort.

After being held to just three hits in the opener, the Christian Brothers bats came alive in the second game. Highlighted by an 11-run first inning, Lady Bucs scored 14 runs off 14 hits in game two, returning the favor with a 14-4 victory in five innings.

CBU went through three North Alabama pitchers in the bottom of the first inning, getting 11 runs off nine hits. UNA starter Kayla Sneed was relieved after five batters, yielding two hits and three walks. She ultimately took her first loss of the year, falling to 9-1 on the season.

It didn’t get better for the Lions after that. Six of the next seven CBU batters recorded hits off Barnette, bringing Riley back into action. The damage, however, had already been down with the home team holding a commanding 11-1 lead.

The Lions plated single runs in the top of the second, third and fifth innings, but could never mount a serious threat. Christian Brothers added two more runs against Riley, bringing Kailee Neal into the game for the bottom of the fourth.

Offensively, UNA managed nine hits but stranded 10 base runners for the game. Ashley Bonner was 2-for-2, including a solo home run in the second inning. Shelby Goodman was also 2-for-3 with an RBI.

North Alabama will host its next three GSC series before closing out the regular season with a pair of road double-headers. The Lions host Shorter on April 13 at 1 p.m. before facing West Georgia at home at 2 p.m. the following day. UNA will also welcome Union on April 20 before wrapping up the regular season with two-game series at West Alabama and UAH. The 2013 GSC Tournament is set for May 3-5 in Southaven, Miss.

Courtesy UNA Media Relations