The 18th-ranked University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team picked up a pair of wins on Sunday and moved into second place in the Gulf South Conference as it defeated West Alabama 4-1 and 10-2 to improve to 27-10 (9-5 GSC) on the season. UWA drops to 17-15 (7-7 GSC).
The Chargers limited the hosts to just nine hits in the two games combined – four of which came when the nightcap was all but decided. Conversely, the Blue and White recorded 10 hits in the first game and followed that up with 12 hits in the second for an impressive 22-hit showing on the day.
Strong in both contests, Cortney McNett finished the day 3-for-6 with a walk, and the UAH catcher drove in five runs including a 2-run homer.
Her seventh dinger of the year, McNett opened the scoring in the day’s first contest with a long fly down the line in left with two outs in the top half of the first. The home run scored Stephanie Needham who had walked before McNett’s at-bat.
After West Alabama scratched an unearned run across in the home half of the third to cut the UAH advantage in half, Kellie Johnson gave the Chargers another two-out RBI as she singled in Kathryn Whitlock to put the team back on top by two at 3-1.
The Chargers tacked on an insurance run in the sixth when Sam Deep crossed the plate on a defensive miscue by UWA.
Striking out five and not allowing an earned run, Whitney Gilbert (11-4) went the distance in the circle for UAH in the first game. She surrendered just four hits and the one run. Kristin Skinner (6-5) picked up the loss.
The second game was all UAH as the team plated a pair of runs in the first, placed a five-spot on the board in the second, and scored two more in the third to take a commanding 9-0 lead after two and a half innings.
Kellie Johnson ignited the big second inning with a two-run homer, while McNett knocked in two of the three RBI she picked up in the contest in the frame. Whitlock drove in the other UAH run in the inning.
Going 4-for-4 at the dish, Mary Kelley matched McNett’s three-RBI performance, and Kelli Long was solid at the top of the order as she was 3-for-4 with four runs score in the game.
Whitney Toler (11-5) threw all five innings – the Chargers added a run in the fifth to bring the run-rule into effect – and was solid as she struck out five, working around five hits and giving up just two runs. Jessica Brock (10-5) was saddled with the loss.
The Chargers continue GSC play on the road next weekend as they take the trip to Georgia to battle West Georgia and Valdosta State.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations