After being held to two hits in a scoreless loss to West Georgia, the University of North Alabama softball team rebounded to score nine runs off eight hits in the second game to salvage a split against the Wolves Saturday in Gulf South Conference action. The split gives the Lions a 17-16 overall record with a 6-12 mark in GSC play.
West Georgia's Antoinette Diaz kept the Lion batters in check throughout the first game as the Wolves posted a 1-0 victory in eight innings. The senior gave up just two hits, retiring 24 of UNA's 30 batters, including a pair of strikeouts. Lindsay Ellenburg gave the Wolves the victory with a walk-off RBI-single in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Callie Steadman doubled in the fourth inning and Cassandra McKinney singled in the eighth, but UNA was unable to get a runner past second base in the game.
Haley Barnette was stuck with the loss to fall to 6-9 on the season. The sophomore pitched seven shutout innings before recording one out in the top of the eighth. West Georgia then drew a walk before back-to-back hits scored the winning run. Barnette finished the game with eight strikeouts.
In the second game, UNA scored six runs in the first two innings, including five in the top of the second during a 9-3 win. Julie Mercer was 2-for-3 with four RBI to lead the Lions. The senior from Rosenberg, Texas singled in the first inning and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second. She then capped the game with a three-run home run to left center.
Meaghan Gray (2-0) picked up the pitching win after starting her second game of the season. She pitched the first five innings, allowing three runs off eight hits with six strikeouts. Breanna Riley pitched the final two scoreless innings for North Alabama.
UNA will play at Alabama-Huntsville on April 10. First pitched is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.