CARROLLTON, Ga. – Extending it winning streak to five games, the No. 21 University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team swept its second straight doubleheader as the Chargers defeated West Georgia 12-3 and 8-2 on Friday afternoon. The wins push UAH to 29-10 (11-5 Gulf South Conference) on the season, and UWG drops to 10-28 (4-14 GSC).
Stephanie Needham and Kathryn Whitlock stole the show for the Blue and White on the day.
Needham finished 3-for-4 with four walks, and all three of her hits were homers as she drove in six runs while crossing the plate five times herself. Knocking in five runs on the strength of a pair of homers, Whitlock also collected three hits on the day and scored three times as well.
Not to be outdone, Mary Kelley and Kelli Long both collected four hits in the two games combined. Kelley also scored four times while Long scored three times and added three more stolen bases.
Needham's trio of long flies gives her 14 on the season, and Long's swipes give her 27 on the season.
As a team, the Chargers have stolen 91 bags on the year, and the squad is chasing the program record for steals in a season which is 119 set in the 1999 season.
UAH also picked up solid performances in the circle, starting with Whitney Gilbert's (12-4) performance in the first game. She went the complete five innings, allowing just four hits and three runs – only two of which were earned – and she also picked up three strikeouts.
Setting the tone early, the Chargers scored twice in the first on a two-run blast from Needham, and Whitlock belted a three-run shot in the second to key a five-run inning to put the Chargers up 7-0 after two innings.
With the score 8-2 after four, the visitors had another big inning as an RBI double from Kelley was followed up by another two-run home run from Needham to put the Chargers up 12-2 before the Wolves added another run in the final frame for the 12-3 final.
Whitney Toler (12-5) tossed the second game and went the distance as she struck out eight in the game. Working around five hits, she allowed only two runs, and neither of the tallies was earned.
The second contest was a closer affair as the Chargers led 3-2 after three and extended the lead to 4-2 in the fourth before a four-run seventh finished out the day.