The University of North Alabama softball team split its final regular season Gulf South Conference double-header Sunday against West Florida with each team picking up a mercy-rule victory. In the opener, the Lions posted an 8-0 win in five innings, before falling in the second game 10-1 in six innings.
The split gives UNA a 19-24 overall record and 8-20 mark in GSC play, dropping the Lions to the seventh seed for the upcoming conference tournament. North Alabama will take on in-state rival Alabama-Huntsville in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament, beginning Friday at the Greenbrook Softball Complex in Southaven, Miss.
On Sunday, the Lions found their offensive swing, with nine runs off 20 hits. The opening game featured a 13-hit performance for the home team on Senior Day. Julie Mercer went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double to lead UNA. The senior from Rosenberg, Texas also scored three times as the Lions plated runs in the bottom of the first, third and fourth innings.
After a four-run fifth inning gave UNA an 8-0 lead, the game ended when the Argonauts failed to score in the top of the fifth.
Fellow senior Kathryn Young was also 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of RBI and two runs scored. Dani Colwill and senior Ali Barnette also each posted 2-for-3 performances.
Haley Barnette (7-13) picked up the complete-game shutout in the circle. The sophomore limited UWF to three hits while striking out two in five innings of work.