The 22nd-ranked University of Alabama in Huntsville softball picked up its second consecutive sweep on Saturday as it defeated visiting Delta State 1-0 in the first game and 4-1 in the nightcap. The Chargers improve to 33-12 (15-7 Gulf South Conference) with the victories, and Delta State falls to 18-27 (5-15 GSC).
The Blue and White received a pair of strong performances in the circle as both Whitney Gilbert (14-5) and Whitney Toler (14-6) allowed just four hits in their complete-game outings.
Gilbert picked up her second straight shutout to earn her fourth of the season as she struck out six while not issuing a free pass on the day. Striking out four, Toler surrendered just a two-out run in her game’s first inning and allowed just two hits after the frame.
In the first game, the Chargers left eight on base including leaving the bags juiced in the second inning, but it would be no matter as the team scored the only run it would need to support Gilbert in the third as Kelli Pullin singled in Stephanie Needham who had doubled to lead off the inning.
In the contest, the hosts outhit the Lady Statesmen by a 6-4 margin.
After falling behind by the 1-0 score after the top half of the first inning in the nightcap, the Chargers answered right back with a run of their own in the bottom frame when Kathryn Whitlock ripped a double to center that plated Kelli Long.
Long had reached on a walk to start things off and then stole both second and third to be in prime position to score on the Whitlock hit. With three total stolen bases on the day, Long now owns 30 on the season.
In the fourth frame, it appeared UAH’s opportunity to take the lead would be thwarted as the Lady Statesmen threw out a Charger at the plate for the second out of the inning, but Abby MacKay responded by sending one over the fence in left-center for a two-run blast to put the Chargers ahead 3-1. The homer marks the ninth of the year for MacKay.
MacKay picked up her third RBI of the game in the sixth when she doubled in Meagan Billingsley to produce the ultimate 4-1 final. She finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, and Whitlock was 2-for-3 as UAH totaled seven hits in the contest.
The Chargers will continue play this weekend on Sunday when they welcome Christian Brothers to the Charger Softball Complex at 2 p.m.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations