UWA softball dominates Union

Published 8:12 am Monday, March 25, 2013

JACKSON, Tenn. – Anna Shartzer and Michal Robertson combined for seven hits and drove in six runs to lead West Alabama to an 11-3 Gulf South Conference softball victory over Union at Fesmire Field Saturday.

Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was halted in the top of the third inning due to rain with the Tigers and Lady Bulldogs tied at 1-1. The game will resume Sunday at 2 p.m.

Saturday’s win improved 18th ranked West Alabama to 18-8 overall and 9-6 in GSC play. Union is 12-9 and 7-8.

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UWA’s doubleheader scheduled for Sunday at North Alabama has been moved to Monday at 2 p.m. in Florence, Ala.

Holding on to a 5-3 lead after six innings, the Tigers exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh to ice the win.

“When we decide we want to hit we can score in bunches,” UWA head coach Will Atkinson said. “Sarah (Ray) pitched well and worked out of trouble when she needed to, but as long as we swing the bats we are going to have a chance to win.”

Robertson was a single away from hitting for the cycle, putting the Tigers first two runs on the board with her third home run of the season in the first inning. She added a double and a triple and walked in her fourth at bat. Shartzer had two singles, a double and her second homer.

Ray (11-2) went the distance for the UWA pitching win. Brooke Thomas (5-3) took the UU loss.