ALBANY, Ga. | The ninth-ranked University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team earned a sweep of Albany State on Friday ahead of this weekend's big showdown with No. 17 Valdosta State, defeating the Lady Golden Rams 8-3 and 5-2 to move to 27-6 on the season. ASU slips to 15-19.
UAH moved its non-conference record to a perfect 14-0 on the season, and the team improved to 9-4 on the road with the victories.
Reigning GSC Pitcher of the Week Kimberly Jack was strong on the day as she earned the victory in relief in the first game to move to 6-1 on the season before turning around to earn her third save of the year by pitching the final four outs of the nightcap. In the 5.1 innings pitched by Jack, she scattered four hits while not allowing a run and striking out four en route to lowering her season ERA to an impressive 0.95.
Earning her staff-leading eighth win of the season, Emily Glover started the second game and lasted 5.2 innings, giving up a pair of runs on four hits while striking out six.
The Chargers quickly gained a large advantage in the day's first game with a six-run outburst in the top of the first inning that included an RBI single from Mary Kelley and a bases-loaded walk by Nicole Bobrowski, but the big hit in the frame came when Haley Thompson doubled down the left field line with the bases still packed, clearing the bags to make it 6-0.
One swing of the bat with two outs in the bottom half of the inning, however, cut the UAH lead in half as Ambrionna Atkism belted a three-run homer over the fence in left to create a 6-3 score.
The score would remain that way through the next four innings as the Chargers would add onto the lead when Brianna Sullivan stole home in the sixth, and the final was created when Kaitlyn Bannister scored when Rae Edenfield reached on an error in the seventh.
For the contest, both teams recorded seven hits as Kelley and Thompson recorded a pair for UAH.
The scoring was more spread out for the Chargers in the second game, but the visitors did strike in top of the first again as Edenfield singled in Macie Couey to provide UAH with a 1-0 advantage. Making it 2-0, Kelley doubled in a run in the third inning, and Victoria Frith drove in a run and later scored on a wild pitch in a two-run fourth that put UAH on top 4-0.
Albany State would cut into the UAH advantage with a two-run double from Chaconna Marks in the sixth, but the Chargers would receive some insurance in the top of the seventh when Brianna Sullivan recorded one of her three hits in the contest to plate pinch-runner Elizabeth Jordan.
Jack then induced a double play to work around a base hit before striking out the final Albany State batter to give UAH the win.
The Chargers pounded out 13 hits in the game compared to just five for ASU, and Tyler Harrison, Frith, Couey, and Edenfield all had two in addition to Sullivan's three-hit showing.
UAH will now turn its attention to nationally-ranked Valdosta State as the two teams will start the three-game set at 12 p.m. CDT.
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