The seventh-ranked University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team extended its winning streak to eight games, sweeping aside visiting Christian Brothers on Saturday afternoon in front of a Charger Park record crowd of 714 by scores of 8-0 and 5-1. The Chargers improve to 32-6 (17-6 Gulf South Conference), while CBU falls to 9-30 (2-21 GSC).
UAH pounded out 12 hits in the day's first game as Macie Couey collected a team-best three, and starter Whitney Toler (6-2) carried a no-hitter into the sixth en route to the complete game victory, finishing the game giving up just one hit and striking out four while walking none.
Her fellow hurler Emily Glover (11-2) also tossed a complete game, giving up just three hits in seven innings, and she struck out five while giving up just one run. The freshman aided her cause with her fourth home run of the season, capping off a five-run third inning with a three-run jack that put the Chargers on top 5-1.
As has been the case all season, the Chargers stole bases at will in the contests, adding 10 more to run its season total to 152, and Couey was particularly impressive on this day as she was a perfect 4-for-4 on the basepaths – including three steals in the first game that helped her score three of the team's runs in the game.
The scoring started for the Chargers in the day's first contest when Tyler Harrison singled in Couey in the first inning, and Couey would score the first of two runs the hosts would tally in the third when she was plated by a Kaitlyn Bannister sacrifice fly. Giving UAH an early 3-0 lead, Glover picked up her first RBI of the game in that third inning when she doubled in Harrison.
UAH would score two again in the fourth with Haley Thompson scoring on an infield single by Couey, and the Chargers took a 5-0 advantage when Mary Kelley recorded a productive groundout that scored Brianna Sullivan.
After a scoreless fifth, UAH would end the game early with three runs in the sixth as Morgan Hopkins, Kelley, and Nicole Bobrowski all had RBI singles in the frame.
Helping the Chargers record the 12 hits in the game, seven of the nine positions in the lineup recorded at least a hit with Sullivan joining Couey in recording a multi-hit performance with two in the contest.
In the nightcap, Christian Brothers jumped ahead with a run in the top of the second inning, but the Chargers would grab control of the contest with the five-run outburst in the home half of the third.
Couey picked up her second RBI of the day as her groundout scored Sullivan, and Harrison's single that scored Kelley put the Chargers in front 2-1 ahead of Glover's big blast that gave UAH a commanding four-run lead at 5-1.
The teams will complete the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. as the Chargers aim for their longest winning streak of the season.