PENSACOLA, Fla. – A record-tying performance by Abby MacKay helped the 18th-ranked UAH softball team bounce back from a heartbreaking loss in the day’s first game as the Chargers split on the road at West Florida, falling 5-4 on a two-out, walk-off homer in game one before turning around to thump UWF 11-1 in the finale.
UAH moves to 25-10 (7-5 Gulf South Conference), while the Argos now own a 23-15 (7-5 GSC) mark.
MacKay had four plate appearances and went 3-for-3 with a walk in the nightcap, and each of her hits sailed out of the park as she matched Kathryn Whitlock’s school record for home runs in a game (Whitlock set the record in the season opener earlier this year). The Madison, Ala., native also matched the school record for RBI in a game as she drove in seven, and her 12 total bases matched the top performance in program history as well.
Her performance was just part of an offensive outburst that saw the Chargers outhit the hosts 14-3 as Whitlock also recorded three hits in the contest, while Cortney McNett and Mallory McNeal both picked up a pair.
The 14 hits mark the highest total for the Chargers on the road this season.
The Blue and White also received a strong performance in the circle as Whitney Gilbert (10-4) held the Argos to just the three hits, and she struck out seven in picking up the complete game triumph for her 10th win of the season.
Sarah Scott (7-5) was saddled with the loss for UWF.
In the day’s first game, the Chargers struck first as the team plated four runs in the top half of the second after stranding a West Florida runner at third in the home half of the first. In the big inning for the Blue and White, McNeal started the scoring off with a two-run double, and Mary Kelley also drove in a pair of runs on a two-bagger.
An uncharacteristic miscue by the typically strong UAH infield on what would have been the final out of the frame led to three runs for West Florida in the bottom half of the third to make the score 4-3, and the game remained that way until Crystal Thompson sent one over the left field fence with two outs in the bottom of the seventh for a two-run homer to propel UWF to the victory.
Whitney Toler (10-5) picked up the tough-luck loss as she allowed just the two earned runs on the last swing of the game. She struck out five while scattering nine UWF hits, working around trouble to leave seven Argos stranded in the contest.
Picking up the win by limiting UAH to just six hits in the contest, Jordan Ratliff (5-5) went the distance for the home team.
The Chargers will return to action on Sunday when they travel to Livingston to face West Alabama in a rematch of last season’s NCAA South Super Regional. The first pitch for game one of the two-game set is slated for 4 p.m.
Courtesy: UAH Sports Information