West Alabama softball sweeps Union
West Alabama junior Jordyn Whiddon walked in the bottom of the seventh inning with the bases loaded to defeat Union 1-0 in the Gulf South Conference series finale on Saturday.
The win completed the series sweep and improved West Alabama to 24-18, 11-11 in the GSC. Union fell to 23-21 and 7-15.
“Our pitchers gave us an awesome opportunity to win today,” said UWA head coach Will Atkinson.
“Skylar Davis pitched well and Alli Hall might have had her best outing in relief all year long. Unfortunately, the bats for us didn’t show up today. They just have a quality pitcher and all around good ball club. We were able to put some runners on late in the game and move them over. We didn’t just pound the ball, but we did a good job of recognizing pitches and getting runners on base.”
The Bulldogs led in hits 6-2, but four walks by starting pitcher Kelly Robey (17-15) in the seventh inning conceded the game’s only run.
Alli Hall (4-1) replaced Skylar Davis in the circle for the Tigers in the fifth inning to take the win. Hall struck out three batters and allowed just two hits through three innings.
Senior’s Anna Shartzer and Rebecca Schick tallied the only hits for UWA, with one each. Miriah Chavez, the leadoff batter in the final inning, scored the winning run after walking in her last at-bat.
Leadoff hitter Alex Williams led Union at the plate, 2-for-3. Both teams each left six runners stranded on base.
West Alabama softball returns to the diamond on Tuesday as they host Tuskegee in a non-conference doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. at the UWA Softball Complex.
“We want to come out and represent the university well,” Atkinson said. “The weather has been a factor for us all year, and it might end up being a factor again on Tuesday. We just want to end our home stretch with as many wins as possible.”