CARROLLTON, Ga., – A 1-1 record on the final day of the West Georgia Wolves Invitational gave the University of North Alabama softball team an even 3-3 record for the event. The Lions rallied to defeat Anderson 7-6 before dropping a 2-1 decision to Columbus State, giving the team an 11-13 record on the season.
Against Anderson, UNA trailed throughout the game until a grand slam by Bree Ball put the Lions on top 7-6 in the top of the sixth inning. Jennifer Sexton came in to pitch the final two innings to earn a save, giving Laurin Watts (5-6) the victory on the mound.
The Trojans led 3-0 after two innings and held a 6-3 lead after scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth.
In the top of the sixth, Andrea Palmer led off the inning for UNA with a walk. After a single by Kathryn Young, Cassandra McKinney reached on an Anderson error to load the bases. Ball then drove home four runs with a home run to deep center field.
Emily Barnes went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Lions. Seven other players recorded one hit each.
On the mound, Watts got the win after allowing four earned runs on 10 hits. The freshman added six strikeouts in five innings of work. Sexton recorded her first save of the season after tossing two scoreless innings with six strikeouts and only one walk.
In the nightcap, Sexton came up on the short end of a 2-1 pitching duel with the Cougars' Britni McCall. CSU posted run in the top of the third and sixth innings. The Lions' only run came in the bottom of the sixth on a solo home run by Maggie Eades. Eades finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate.
Sexton (6-7) added nine strikeouts and six hits over seven innings. Only one of the CSU runs was earned.
North Alabama will travel to the Birmingham area on Tuesday to play a double-header against Miles College. The Lions will then host Christian Brothers Wednesday with first pitch set for 2 p.m. at the UNA Softball Complex at Cox Creek Park.