PENSACOLA, Fla., – The University of North Alabama softball team came up short twice on the final day of the West Florida Regional Crossover Sunday in Pensacola, Fla. After dropping a 3-0 early-morning decision to Palm Beach Atlantic, the Lions watched a rally come up one run shy during a 7-6 eight-inning loss against No. 15 Nova Southeastern.
With the two losses, UNA is 1-4 on the season and will prepare to play six games in three games next weekend at the UAH Charger Chillout, played at Decatur's Wilson-Morgan Park.
Against PBA, offense was hard to find as the Lions were shut out for the first time this season. UNA managed four hits, including two singles from Emily Barnes. The Sailfish scored twice in the bottom of the third inning and added another run in the fourth to make the final score 3-0.
Jennifer Sexton (1-2) took the loss on the mound for North Alabama. The senior allowed three runs off six hits with five walks and four strikeouts.
In the second game, the 15th-ranked Sharks took leads on three different occasions in the game with UNA coming up one run shy in the end. After falling behind twice, the Lions were able to tie the game at 3-3 and 5-5 before Nova went ahead 7-5 with two runs in the top of the eighth inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, An RBI-single by Bree Ball scored Maggie Eades to cut the deficit to one run. With two out and a runner on base, Jennifer Sharp's fly ball was caught in left field to end the game. Barnes finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate while Andrea Palmer was 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBI.
Laurin Watts (0-2) picked up the pitching loss for the Lions.