Following a three-hour rain delay, the University of North Alabama softball team came up short twice on Sunday at Alabama-Huntsville to close the regular season with a pair of losses. The Lions fell 11-3 in the opener before dropping a 4-2 contest in the nightcap to fall to 38-16 on the season.
In the opener, UAH scored 10 runs over the final three innings to pick up the mercy-rule victory. North Alabama carried a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the fourth before the Chargers sent 11 batters to the plate and plated six runs. After UAH added three in the fifth, the game ended on an RBI-single by Meagan Billingsley.
UNA managed eight hits, including Callie Steadman, Harlie Barkley and Dani Colwill each going 2-for-3 from the plate. The Lions, however, had trouble stringing hits together as the trio combined for zero RBI. A run-scoring single by Shelby Goodman and a two-RBI single by Nicki Whitten accounted for all the UNA scoring in the top of the third.
Haley Barnette (11-9) took the pitching loss after allowing 10 runs off eight hits in the first five innings of play.
In the second game, UAH took a 4-0 lead into the top of the sixth inning before the Lions plated a pair of runs. A two-run home run by Ashley Bonner cut the lead in half and gave the visitors hope.
In the top of the seventh, North Alabama got a lead-off single by Barkley to bring the tying run to the plate. UAH pitcher Kimberly Jack, however, forced a ground out and a game-ending double-play to secure the win.
Colwill was 2-for-3 to lead the Lions. Breanna Riley suffered her second straight defeat to fall to 18-6 on the season. She allowed four runs off seven hits with four strikeouts on the day.
UNA will now turn its attention to the upcoming Gulf South Conference tournament this weekend in Southaven, Miss. The Lions earned the No. 3 seed and will face sixth-seeded Delta State on Friday in the opening round of the double-elimination event. Game times have not yet been set.
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