UWA softball splits with UAH

Published 11:37 am Monday, March 4, 2013

LIVINGSTON – The 25th ranked West Alabama softball team battled the elements and conference rival Alabama-Huntsville to earn a split in a Gulf South Conference doubleheader Saturday at the UWA Softball Complex.

The Lady Chargers hit three home runs in the first game on the way to a 10-7 victory on a 37-degree afternoon with light snow flurries. West Alabama made the most of six hits to earn a 4-3 win in the nightcap.

UWA is 8-3 overall and 1-1 in GSC play. The Tigers host to Tuskegee in a doubleheader Sunday. First pitch is 3 p.m. UAH is 8-8 and 1-1. The Lady Chargers travel to Shorter for a pair of games on Wednesday.

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“The first game was a slugfest. You would think that when you score seven runs you ought to win,” UWA head coach Will Atkinson said. “I was proud of our team because we didn’t quit. A lot of times when you give up 10 runs it’s easy to freak out, but we didn’t.”

Whitney Toler (4-0) earned the UAH win in the first game and Kimberly Jack earned her first save. Jessica Brock (2-2) took the UWA loss in the opener. Sarah Ray (5-1) went the distance in the nightcap to earn the UWA win. Whitney Gilbert (1-5) absorbed the loss for UAH.

Brooklyn Phillips hit her second home run and Scarlett Wright her third for West Alabama in the first game. Abby McKay, Mary Kelley and Nicole Bobrowski all homered for the Lady Chargers. Anna Shartzer had a pair of hits and scored two runs for the Tigers

UWA’s Rebecca Schick hit her third home run of the season and Cortney McNett homered for UAH in the second game.