FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama softball team was unable to find its offensive swing Friday afternoon during a pair of shutout losses to second-ranked Valdosta State. The Lions came up on the short end of 2-0 and 8-0 scores at home, falling to 17-21 on the year. With a 4-8 mark in Gulf South Conference play, UNA currently falls to fifth place in the East Division.
In the first game, Valdosta State got both runs and all three hits in the top of the sixth inning. UNA starting pitcher Jennifer Sexton took a no-hitter into the frame before the Blazers collected a trio of singles to push two runs across home plate. Sexton (10-11) finished the game with seven strikeouts.
The Lion offense was unable to respond, recording only two hits for the game. Natalie Harrison got both hits for UNA, going 2-for-2 with a pair of singles.
In the second game, the Blazers jumped out to a 6-0 lead and continued to keep the UNA bats in check. VSU scored twice in the top of the second inning and added four runs in the third. Single runs in the fifth and seventh innings made the final score 8-0.
Laurin Watts took the loss in the circle for the Lions. The freshman allowed seven earned runs off 13 hits with five walks and four strikeouts on the day.
Offensively, UNA was held to just four hits.
North Alabama will now turn its attention to next weekend's GSC Crossover at Wilson Morgan Park in Decatur. The Lions will play single games against all seven teams from the West Division. All games will count in the GSC standings.