SOUTHAVEN, Miss., – Top-ranked Alabama-Huntsville pounded out 12 hits on Saturday to eliminate North Alabama with a 12-0 mercy-rule victory at the Gulf South Conference softball tournament at the Greenbrook Complex in Southaven, Miss. The Chargers sent 13 different players to the plate in the game and had four players record at least two hits to improve to 40-3-1 on the year. With the loss, UNA ends its season with a 17-27 record.
UAH scored early and often, racing out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After scoring a single run in the second inning, the Chargers added two runs in the third and closed out the game with a six-run fifth inning. The game ended via the eight-run mercy rule when North Alabama failed to score in the bottom of the fifth.
Kathryn Young, Jennifer Sharp and Ali Barnette each singled for UNA. UAH starter Whitney Gilbert (13-2), however, kept the Lions of the scoreboard after pitching five innings with one strikeout and no walks.
Haley Barnette (8-15) took the pitching loss for North Alabama. The freshman tossed the first two innings, allowing four runs off five hits. Evalena Behr pitched the final three innings. She gave up eight runs off seven hits with two walks and a strikeout.