UNA Softball team splits with no. 5 Indianapolis

FLORENCE – Allie Peterson went 3-for-5 on the day and had the game-winning hit in the nightcap as the University of North Alabama softball team split a pair of one-run games against fifth-ranked Indianapolis Saturday at the UNA Softball Complex. After coming up short 1-0 in the early game, the Lions responded with a 3-2 victory in game two, keeping the team's record at 8-8 on the year.

Peterson's fifth-inning single scored Cassandra McKinney from second base to provide the go-ahead run. Laurin Watts recorded the pitching victory to improve to 4-2 on the season. The freshman scattered five hits over seven innings with three strikeouts.

Andrea Palmer gave UNA an early lead with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. The blast to left field also scored Jennifer Sharp, who doubled to reach base. The Greyhounds got a run in the top of the second then, tied the game with a run in the fifth.

In the early game, the Lions out-hit Indianapolis 6-3, but were unable to get runs to cross home plate. Jennifer Sexton struck out nine batters and allowed only three hits, but was stuck with the loss to fall to 4-5 on the season.

The Greyhounds got their lone run in the bottom of the first inning. After Jennifer DeMotte was hit by a pitch, she later scored on consecutive singles by Indy.

Peterson was 2-for-2 in the game with a walk. The Lions, however, had trouble getting runners home, leaving 10 on base.

UNA will be back in action on Sunday facing Wisconsin-Parkside. The double-header is set to begin at 9 a.m. The Rangers split against top-ranked Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday, falling 4-3 before run-ruling the Chargers 9-1 in the second game.