The University of North Alabama softball team struggled at the plate on Saturday while West Alabama scored 10 runs off 22 hits as the Tigers recorded the 5-0, 5-1 sweep. The Lions fall to 18-23 overall and 7-19 in Gulf South Conference play after being swept in their second straight league double-header. UWA improves to 31-19 overall and 15-11 in GSC play.
In the opener, West Alabama's Kristen Skinner tossed a two-hit shutout. After giving up four runs off six hits during the two teams' first meeting on March 31, the senior struck out seven UNA batters to improve to 13-7 on the season.
Haley Barnette (6-13) suffered her sixth consecutive loss after starting the game and pitching the first five innings for the Lions. She walked five and struck out three while allowing only one earned run.
West Alabama plated two runs in the top of the second inning, a single run in the fifth and two more in the seventh. The Tigers recorded at least one hit in all seven frames.
In the second game, West Alabama again jumped out to an early lead with a run in the top of the first inning. UNA responded in the bottom of the inning with a run of its own, but would not score again. The Tigers scored in each of the first four innings en route to the 5-1 victory.
Jessica Brock improved to 17-6 on the season by holding UNA to just two hits through six innings.
Evalena Behr (2-2) took the loss in the circle after allowing five runs off 10 hits in the first 3.1 innings of work. Breanna Riley put up solid pitching numbers in relief. The freshman allowing only one hit and struck out six batters over the final 3.2 innings.
UNA will now turn its attention to Sunday for its final regular-season double-header. The Lions are set to host West Florida for two games beginning at noon.