HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team is prepared to welcome 23 other teams from around the country for the annual Charger Chillout to be held this weekend at the Wilson Morgan Softball Complex in Decatur, Ala. The tournament field includes six Gulf South Conference institutions and four nationally-ranked teams.
In addition to UAH's contests, fans will be entertained by matchups between teams in the top 25 when No. 1 Valdosta State battles No. 15 Indianapolis at 11 a.m. on Saturday and when No. 12 North Georgia faces No. 19 Barry at 5 p.m. on the same day.
Also of note for this weekend, two former players to wear the Blue and White return to the UAH-hosted tournament as coaches. Georgia College Head Coach Jamie Madewell-Grodecki was a member of the first softball team in program history at UAH, while Sage Woodham is now an assistant at North Alabama after being a two-time All-American in Huntsville.
A total of 71 games will be played across six fields during the three-game tournament.
The Chargers slate of opponents is as follows:
Friday, Feb. 15 | 1 p.m. | Kentucky Wesleyan | Live Stats
Friday, Feb. 15 | 3 p.m. | Augusta State | Live Stats
Saturday, Feb. 16 | 1 p.m. | Palm Beach Atlantic | Live Stats
Saturday, Feb. 16 |1 p.m. | No. 19 Barry | Live Stats
Sunday, Feb. 17 | 1 p.m. | No. 12 North Georgia | Live Stats
Sunday, Feb. 17 | 3 p.m. | Maryville | Live Stats
The Charger swept a pair of games from Lander while dropping two to nationally-ranked North Georgia during the season's first weekend at UNG. The squad was strong offensively in the four games, hitting .361 as a team on the strength of six players who hit better than .350 at the plate.
Mallory McNeal led the way as she went 7-for-10 – including a pair of doubles and a triple – while the junior was also a perfect 3-for-3 on the basepaths. Registering a team-best six RBI over the weekend was Meagan Billingsley, and three Chargers – Abby MacKay, Brianna Sullivan, and Cortney McNett – each recorded four runs.
Three pitches earned starts, and freshman Kimberly Jack was impressive in her first start of the season as she went the distance in a five-inning win over Lander while giving up just five hits and two runs – neither of which was earned.
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