UNA softball rebounds with a split against Lady Wolves

After dropping a 3-2, 10-inning decision to West Georgia, the University of North Alabama softball team rallied for a 4-3 win in the second game to earn a split in the Gulf South Conference home double-header on Sunday. Shelby Goodman went 5-for-7 on the day with three RBI to lead the Lions (12-11 overall, 3-7 in GSC play).

In the opener, the Wolves (8-24 overall, 2-10 GSC) got an unearned run in the top of the 10th inning and held on for the win when UNA failed to score in the bottom of the frame. The Lions recorded 12 hits for the game, but left 12 runners on base and hit into two double plays.

Goodman was 3-for-4 with an RBI in the bottom of the fifth inning. Callie Steadman also drove in a run in the frame and finished the game 2-for-5 at the plate. Julie Mercer and Kathryn Young also had two hits each to lead the Lions.

Haley Barnette (4-6) was stuck with the pitching loss after scattering eight hits over 10 innings with three strikeouts.

In the second game, UNA was able to avoid the sweep by rallying from a 3-0 deficit. The Lions scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, then held UWG scoreless in the top of the sixth and seventh frames to preserve the win.

Goodman again paved the way for North Alabama, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBI and a run scored. Her two-out single up the middle scored two runs to get the rally started in the fifth inning. Mercer followed with a two-run single through the left side to give the Lions a 4-3 lead.

Breanna Riley was able to make the lead stand up in the final two innings. The freshman improved to 7-5 on the season with the complete-game win.