JACKSON, Tenn. | The third-ranked University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team cruised to an 8-0 victory at Union on Friday night. UAH improves to 35-7 (19-6 Gulf South Conference) with the win in the opening game of the final GSC road series of the season, while Union slips to 23-22 (7-16 GSC).
The Chargers have now won 12 of their last 13 games, and in the contest, UAH stole five bases to push its season total to 172 which is now just seven off of the GSC record for steals in a season of 179 that was set by Valdosta State in 1995.
Whitney Toler was masterful on her birthday, tossing a complete game shutout for the second time this season. The senior scattered five hits in the seven innings, striking out four and walking just one while earning the victory.
Union only had three baserunners reach second, and none were able to advance past that point.
Helping their team outhit the hosts by a 13-5 margin, both Mary Kelley and Tyler Harrison had three hits and drove in three runs in the game.
The scoring started for the Chargers immediately in the first when Kelley roped a single into center that plated Macie Couey who had just tripled, and later in the inning with Harrison standing at second after recording a double, Kaitlyn Bannister singled down the left field line to score her and provide UAH with a 2-0 lead.
After a scoreless second, the visitors would send all nine to the plate in the third, scoring four times to open up a 6-0 advantage. A Kelley triple with two runners on scored the first two tallies of the inning, and Harrison and Emily Glover would both drive in a run later on in the frame.
UAH padded its lead in the seventh when Harrison drove in two more on a single to left to create the 8-0 final.
The Chargers will wrap up GSC road play on Saturday with the doubleheader against Union that starts at 12 p.m.
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