Schick hits grand slam, leads UWA to double-header split with GSW

Published 9:11 am Monday, February 3, 2014

Rebecca Schick hit a grand slam and eight West Alabama Tigers scored in the bottom of the third inning of game two to defeat Georgia Southwestern 9-0 and split the double-header Sunday in the 2014 Bobcat Bash. UWA lost the first game 7-4, despite a four run surge in the final two innings.

West Alabama and Georgia Southwestern move to 2-2 overall.

“We had a really slow start in game one,” UWA head coach Will Atkinson said. “We just didn’t show a lot of energy early. In game two, Skylar commanded the strike zone and allowed the defense an opportunity to make plays. Our hitters were patient and we got good pitches to hit. Hitting is contagious and having a nine run inning was the result.”

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Lydia North sparked the Tiger’s scoring streak with a RBI triple in the third inning of game two. North finished 1-for-2 with one run and two RBI. Rebecca Schick followed up with a grand slam over left center field. Schick ended 1-for-3. Anna Shartzer was the only Tiger to grab multiple runs. She went 1-for-3 with two runs and a RBI.

The Tigers fell behind seven runs in the first four innings of game one. Back-to-back doubles by Whitney Brown and Jordyn Whiddon put the Tigers on the board first in the top of the sixth. Whiddon led the Tigers at the plate 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run. Brown went 1-for-4 with one run and one RBI.

Hayley Knight and Nellie Miller led the Hurricanes in game one with two RBI each. Allison Pastor led with two runs.

Skylar Davis (1-0) picked up the win in the circle for the Tigers, pitching the shut out through five innings and allowing three hits. Allison Pastor (0-1) gave up six earned runs and walked seven batters through two innings to take the loss.

GSW’s Ashley Cavender (1-0) took the win in game one with four strikeouts. She gave up eight hits and three earned runs. Taylor Tucker (0-1) gave up two earned runs through three innings before relieved by Alli Hall. Hall closed out the final three innings allowing four hits and one earned run.

“We saw some great things this weekend and obviously some things we can improve on as we move forward,” said Atkinson. “This ball club continues to be one you enjoy being part of and I feel certain better things are around the corner.”

The Tigers will travel to Huntsville on Friday to participate in the 2014 Charger Chillout hosted by Alabama Huntsville. UWA will take on St. Joseph’s College at 3 p.m. followed with North Georgia at 5 p.m. at Metro Kiwanis Sportsplex.