Winning its fourth consecutive Gulf South Conference series, the second-ranked University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team defeated Delta State in nine innings as the Chargers won 6-5. UAH improves to 21-5 (10-5 Gulf South Conference), while Delta State slips to 14-18 (7-10 GSC).
Mary Kelley singled to start the ninth inning, stole second and then advanced to third on Kaitlyn Bannister's sacrifice bunt. That allowed Kelley to scamper home as the eventual winning run when Bannister stole second and the throw sailed into centerfield as neither of the DSU middle infielders covered the bag on the play.
Sealing the contest for the Chargers, Kimberly Jack (3-1) worked around a pair of singles in the bottom frame to end what was a strong day for the relief pitcher. The reigning GSC Pitcher of the Year scattered five hits across 4.1 innings, striking out one and not issuing a free pass.
The scoring started for UAH in the first when Victoria Frith drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a stolen base, allowing her to score when Tyler Harrison picked up a two-out RBI single to right to make it 1-0, but Delta State would immediately answer back with two runs of its own in the bottom of the first to go in front 2-1.
A scoreless second followed, but Kelley would tie the contest in the third when she doubled into left to plate Tyler Harrison to make it 2-2, and the Chargers would go in front 4-2 in the fourth thanks to RBI hits from Frith and Brianna Sullivan.
Delta State then chipped away at the deficit with Amber Adcock hitting a solo homer in the fourth and driving in another run in the fifth, squaring the contest at 4-4 before the Lady Statesmen would go back in front with an unearned run in the sixth.
But UAH would rise to the challenge in the top of the seventh for a second straight game as Emily Glover's infield single scored pinch-runner Elizabeth Jordan to tie the game at 5-5 and force the extra-inning dramatics.
The Chargers outhit Delta State by a 12-11 margin with Frith, Harrison, Kelley, and Glover all recording a pair on the afternoon.
UAH will now stay on the road for a midweek doubleheader at Miles on Tuesday before No. 15 North Alabama visits Charger Park for a critical GSC series next weekend.