Lions split at GSC Crossover

For the second straight day, the University of North Alabama softball team rebounded from an early defeat to post a victory at the Gulf South Conference Crossover Saturday at Decatur's Wilson Morgan Park. The Lions lost a 2-1 decision to Ouachita Baptist before responding with a 4-0 win over Delta State to move to 11-21 on the year with a 6-10 conference record.

North Alabama's bats came alive in the second game as the Lions produced four runs off 11 hits against DSU. Jennifer Sharp was 3-for-4 in the game, while Natalie Harrison was 1-for-3 with a two-run triple. Alex Kieffer and Kathryn Young also each drove in a run and recorded two hits for the game.

Haley Barnette pitched her fifth complete game of the season, earning a shutout after allowing only four hits with three walks and six strikeouts on the day. The freshman from Decatur improved her record to 6-10 on the year and lowered her ERA to 2.88 with the win.

UNA took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Ali Barnette singled to reach base and later scored on an RBI-single by Kieffer to give the Lions the lead.

In the top of the seventh, North Alabama added three insurance runs. After back-to-back singles by Kieffer and Heather Suddoth, Harrison's triple brought both home to give the Lions a 3-0 lead. Young wrapped up the scoring with a single up the middle to score Harrision.

In the early game, UNA left seven runners on base, including the tying run in scoring position in the top of the seventh inning during a 2-1 loss to Ouachita Baptist. OBU hurler Kristen Rigsbee allowed just four hits and struck out seven in seven innings of work to get the complete-game victory.

The Tigers took an early 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning. After a two-out error allowed Sarah Bell to reach base, Rigsbee doubled to center field to drive in the games first run.

OBU added another run in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead before the Lions were able to respond. A two-out single by A. Barnette scored Young, but the Lions ended the inning with runners at second and third. In the seventh, Harrison drew a two-out walk before advancing to second on a wild pitch. The game ended, however, on Emily Barnes' foul out to the left fielder.

Evalena Behr turned in a solid pitching performance in a losing effort for the Lions. The sophomore scattered four hits with a walk and five strikeouts on the day. Only one of the two runs allowed were earned.

UNA will wrap up play at the Crossover with a pair of games on Sunday. The Lions will take on No. 20 Arkansas-Monticello at noon, followed by a 2 p.m. showdown against Christian Brothers.