FLORENCE – Andrea Palmer's single through the left side scored Natalie Harrison in the bottom of the seventh inning to give North Alabama a 10-9 win over sixth-ranked Alabama-Huntsville Saturday in Gulf South Conference softball action. The game-winning hit gave the homestanding Lions a split on the day and gave UAH its first loss in GSC play.
UNA (15-19 overall, 2-6 GSC) lost the opener 3-0 before completing a stretch of six straight games against top-15 teams in the nightcap. The Chargers (22-5, 7-1) remain in first place in the GSC East Division.
The second game featured back-and-fourth action as the two teams combined for 19 runs off 23 hits. Ally Pridmore had an RBI-single and Kathryn Young hit a three-run home run to give the Lions a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. UAH, however, responded by sending 11 batters to the plate in the second frame. The Chargers took advantage of a pair of UNA errors and scored six unearned runs to take the lead.
Palmer, who committed both fielding errors in left field for the Lions, atoned for her mistakes at the plate. The senior tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with a two-RBI double.
After Alabama-Huntsville regained the lead with a single run in the top of the sixth inning, UNA went ahead 9-7 in the bottom of the frame on a three-run home run by Jennifer Sharp.
The lead, however, was not safe. The Chargers quickly loaded the bases with no outs, then scored two runs on a walk and a hit batter to tie the game. UNA got force outs at home plate on the next two at-bats, including a 1-2-3 double play to end the threat.