North Alabama and West Georgia each came away with a five-inning mercy-rule victory Friday in a Gulf South Conference softball split. The host Wolves won the opener 9-1 while UNA took the second game 8-0. The split gives UNA a 29-6 record on the season with a 14-5 record in GSC play.
In the opener, UWG (14-22 overall, 7-15 GSC) used a five-run second inning to overcome an early deficit and take the lead for good. Jordan Corbin highlighted the frame with a grand slam to break a 1-1 tie. The Wolves added a single run in the bottom of the third inning before plating two more in the fourth and another in the fifth to account for the final score.
Bree Blevins took the loss in the circle for UNA. She allowed six runs off five hits in the first three innings to fall to 12-4 on the year. At the plate, the Lions were held to five singles by five different players. Katie Turner (5-4) recorded the pitching win for West Georgia.
In the second game, an early 2-0 lead by the Lions held throughout. Hillary Carpenter pitched a two-hit shutout to improve to 15-2 on the season. She struck out four with no walks.
Offensively, UNA's Courtney Shields led of the game with a walk and later scored. She finished the game 2-for-2 with a single and a two-run home run in the fourth inning. The Lions totaled three runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to grab the 8-0 lead. The game ended when UWG failed to score in the bottom of the fifth.
Libby Olinger also double and finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate. Carey Grace Peebles was also 2-for-3 with an RBI.
A deciding game three in the series is set for Saturday at noon (CST) on the UWG campus in Carrollton.