The ninth-ranked University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team picked up two more wins at the Charger Chillout on Sunday, turning in a perfect 6-0 record during the weekend to move to 7-0 on the year. UAH defeated Saint Joseph's 10-2 in the day's first game before turning around to beat No. 15 North Georgia 6-4 in the final contest of the weekend.
The Chargers are slated to return to action on Tuesday, but fans are encouraged to check with uahchargers.com for updates on that doubleheader as winter weather is currently predicted for the Tennessee Valley.
UAH 10, Saint Joseph's 2
The Chargers used two big innings to secure the day's first win and wasted no time putting a big number on the board as the team scored six times in the bottom of the first.
After falling behind 1-0, Rae Edenfield would quickly put UAH back in front a two-RBI single up the middle to plate Victoria Frith and Macie Couey. Two batters later, Kaitlyn Bannister would provide the Chargers with a two-run advantage as she knocked one through the left side to send Mary Kelley home.
UAH then capitalized on a St. Joseph's miscue as Bannister and Mallory McNeal scored when the third baseman misplayed a ball off the bat of Haley Thompson, and the scoring in the inning concluded when Frith stepped back up to the plate from her leadoff position and singled in Brianna Sullivan to produce a 6-1 advantage.
After a scoreless second, UAH would erase any doubt that was left in the contest in the third when four Chargers would score to make it 10-1.
Frith drove in two more runs with a hit up the middle, and Kelley picked up a pair of RBI later in the frame on a single into left.
Saint Joseph's was able to scratch across another run in the top of the fifth but could do no further damage to prevent the run-rule from taking effect.
UAH outhit the opposition by a 9-4 margin with Frith and McNeal both recording two of the team's hits.
Taylor Doriety (2-0) went the distance in the circle for UAH and gave up just four hits and the two runs while striking out two.
UAH 6, North Georgia 4
The second contest of the day was much more in doubt and turned into a back-and-forth affair.
UAH struck first in the top half of the first when Kelley's 64th career double scored Frith who started the game with a base hit up the middle. The double for Kelley means she now needs just one to tie Melanie Carter's program record for doubles in a career.
North Georgia immediately responded in the bottom frame, capitalizing on a UAH miscue to score a pair of unearned runs and take a 2-1 lead.
Both teams placed zeroes on the board in the third and fourth innings before the Chargers knotted the contest in the fourth when Sullivan reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Edenfield to score, but the deadlock was also short-lived as Tiffanie Burns belted a two-run home run in the North Georgia half of the inning to make it 4-2 in favor of the Nighthawks.
UAH then turned the momentum in its favor in the top of the sixth when three straight singles to start the inning loaded the bases for McNeal who singled into right to plate Edenfield and Tyler Harrison to make it 4-4, and the Chargers would regain the lead for good when Sullivan reached on an error that allowed Bannister and McNeal to cross the plate.
Needing a shutdown inning, the Chargers received just that in the bottom half as Emily Glover (3-0) retired North Georgia in order, and she matched the feat again in the seventh to earn the complete game victory.
Glover scattered seven hits over the seven innings and gave up four runs – but only two were earned – while also striking out a batter to record a win in her third straight to open her collegiate career.
Behind two-hit performances from each of Frith, Harrison, Bannister, and McNeal, the Chargers outhit North Georgia 10-7.
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