UWA softball falls to Lee in first ever meeting

Published 10:02 am Monday, March 10, 2014

Lee University defeated West Alabama 10-5 and 6-5 in the team’s first ever meeting in Gulf South Conference double header action on Saturday.

West Alabama fell to 13-12 overall and 4-7 in the GSC, while Lee improved to 12-11 and 6-5.

“We had a chance to win both games,” said UWA head coach Will Atkinson.

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“In game one, we had some critical base running mistakes and then some errors in the field that really cost us. I thought we were definitely good enough to split today. We got some good hits in game two, but we didn’t fully capitalize on their mistakes. We’ll hopefully come out tomorrow and have a better day.”

Lee jumped to a 6-1 lead in the fourth inning on six hits. The Tigers cut into the deficit with four runs in the top of the fifth, with runs batted in by Taylor Miller and Miriah Chavez. Four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning cemented Lee’s victory despite a home run by Rebecca Schick in the seventh.

Schick finished 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs. Dominique Hannah led the Flames at the plate with two RBI and three runs.

In game two, Whitney Brown belted a two run homer in the top of the first inning to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Rebecca Schick doubled and Miriah Chavez hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to extend the lead to 4-1.

Lee responded in the fourth inning, scoring five runs on four consecutive hits. Trailing by two runs, Lydia North closed the deficit down to one with her first home run of the season in the fifth inning.

Brown led the Tigers in game two with two RBI, two runs and finished 1-for-2 at the plate. Lexie Dean finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run to lead the Flames.

Angie Hughes (7-5) took the wins in the circle for both games. She did not allow a hit for the first three innings of game one, but walked three hitters in the first to give UWA a 1-0 lead. Hughes went on to allow three earned runs on four hits through six innings to get the win. She entered in the fourth inning of game two to allow three hits and one earned run.

Alli Hall (1-1) allowed three runs in the first innings to take the loss in game one, while Sarah Ray-Averett (8-4) gave up six runs on nine hits through four innings in game two.