UWA softball knocks nine homers in sweep of Tuskegee

Published 11:38 am Monday, March 4, 2013

LIVINGSTON – The 25th ranked University of West Alabama softball team scored 38 runs and pounded out 37 hits, including nine home runs, on the way to a doubleheader sweep over Tuskegee at the UWA Softball Complex Sunday. UWA won the first game 19-2 and then took the nightcap 19-1.

West Alabama improved to 10-3 with the sweep. Tuskegee dropped to 1-3.

“It sounds cliché, but hitting is contagious and we saw that today with some locked in hitters,” UWA head coach Will Atkinson said. “When we got pitches to hit we didn’t miss them. The home runs we hit were mashed.”

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Whitney Brown and Rebecca Schick both homered twice for the Tigers. Brown now has seven for the season and Schick has five. Brooklyn Phillips hit her second of the year, while Stephanie Shoup, Taylor Tucker, Michal Robertson and Ashley Osier all hit their first home runs.

Shoup finished the doubleheader 4-for-5 with five runs batted in. Brown drove in four with a 3-for-5 day. Robertson finished the doubleheader 4-for-5 at the plate. Anna Shartzer, Morgan Morrison and Kelsey Cooper chipped in three hits apiece for the Tigers.

Taylor Tucker (1-0) struck out four and scattered four hits to earn the pitching win in the opener. Osier (2-0) allowed just one hit and no earned runs while striking out five in the second game. Latifah Kelly (0-2) took both losses for Tuskegee.

“We got some quality innings from Osier, Tucker and Skylar (Davis),” Atkinson said. “We came out played the whole game today, didn’t take any pitches off. That shows how focused this group is on where they ultimately want to be.”

The Tigers return to Gulf South Conference play Wednesday, playing a doubleheader at West Georgia.