Huntsville, Ala. – Pushing its winning streak out to a season-high nine games, the University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team swept aside visiting Miles on Wednesday evening as the Chargers (28-11) won 11-0 in a five-inning first game before earning a 5-0 triumph in the second contest. With the pair of setbacks, Miles falls to 23-18 on the year.
The Chargers – who are 21-4 since the beginning of March – will now hit the road for the vitally important swing through West Florida and Valdosta State this weekend. First pitch for the doubleheader with UWF on Saturday is slated for 1 p.m.
Game One – UAH 11, Miles 0
The Chargers immediately busted the game open by placing four runs on the board in the home half of the first inning as Kathryn Whitlock and Abby MacKay both drove in a run each in the frame while Hannah Woodruff recorded a two-run single with two outs in the frame to produce the 4-0 advantage.
UAH then added six more runs in the second to put the contest practically out of reach for the visitors.
Mary Kelley knocked in the first run of the inning as she recorded a base knock through the left side that scored Meagan Billingsley who led the inning off with a double. Clearing the bases, Whitlock notched a double of her own later in the frame to plate three, and MacKay finished the scoring in the inning with a long fly that clanked off the pole down the line in left.
MacKay’s sixth round-tripper of the season scored two and provided UAH with a 10-0 lead, and the Chargers would tack on one more run in the third to create the 11-0 final.
On this night, UAH starter Whitney Gilbert (7-6) would only need one of the runs her team scored for her as she tossed five innings and gave up just the two hits and struck out four while earning her fifth complete game and second shutout of the season.
In just four trips to the plate, the Chargers outhit Miles 12-2 in the contest.
Nine Chargers recorded hits including Mallory McNeal, Kelley, and MacKay who all picked up a pair. Whitlock drove in four runs in the contest, and MacKay added three RBI.
Game Two – UAH 5, Miles 0
Kimberly Jack (11-4) matched Gilbert’s performance in the nightcap as she earned her third complete game of the season. The freshman gave up just three hits in seven innings, and two of those hits came in the Miles third when Jack would wiggle out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam. In lowering her Gulf South Conference-best ERA to 1.42, Jack struck out six.
Earning the eventual game-winning hit, Kathryn Whitlock helped the Chargers have a quick start again with a two-RBI double in the home half of the first, and the pair of runs driven in moved the senior into a tie for the team lead in the category with 39 on the year.
Megan Walker also drove in a run in the inning to give UAH a 3-0 lead after one.
The Chargers would add a run in the second on a Brianna Sullivan down the left field line, and the hosts went up 5-0 in the third Billingsley singled in Walker but the damage could have been much worse in the frame as Miles was able to escape a bases-loaded threat to end the inning with three Chargers on base.
UAH would threaten again in the sixth, loading the bases with none out, but again Miles would escape unscathed in the inning.
The Chargers pounded out 10 hits with Billingsley having a perfect 3-for-3 day while Sullivan added a pair.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations