Playing through snow flurries and temperatures in the upper 30s, the University of North Alabama softball team pounded out 25 hits in a pair of victories during the second day of the UAH Charger Chillout. After posting a 5-3 win over Augusta State, the Lions downed Maryville 13-4 in five innings at Decatur's Wilson Morgan Park.
With the two wins, UNA is 8-0 on the year and off to its best start since opening the 2006 season with a 12-2 mark.
In the first game, UNA took an early lead with four runs in the top of the second inning. The Lions got all four runs with two outs, beginning with an RBI-single by Nikki Hodges. Summer Wilkerson also drove in a run before a two-run single by Harlie Barkley gave UNA the 4-0 lead.
The Jaguars were able to cut into the lead with a run in the top of the fourth inning and two more in the sixth. North Alabama, however, added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth and Haley Barnette pitched the final two scoreless innings to earn her the save on the mound.
Breanna Riley recorded the pitching victory after five innings of work. She allowed five hits and struck out two batters to improve to 4-0 on the year.
At the plate, Barkley was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI for the Lions. Callie Steadman and Ashley Bonner also added two hits each.
Against Maryville, Steadman and Dani Colwill each went 4-for-4 at the plate. The Lions scored 13 runs off 15 hits to reach double-digit run totals for the fifth time in its first eight games. An eight-run fourth inning gave UNA a 13-3 lead and the game ended following the fifth inning after the Saints could only add one more run.
Three different players had multiple RBIs including Colwill, who also scored three times. Nicki Whitten was 2-for-3, with a two-run home run to open the scoring in the top of the second inning. Steadman's four singles gives her a team-high 16 hits on the year.
Barnette picked up the win in the circle after scattering six hits over five innings of work. She also added a strikeout and improved to 4-0 on the season.
UNA will wrap up play at the Chillout with two games on Sunday. The Lions will play Florida Tech at 9 a.m. before facing Ohio Dominican at 3 p.m.
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