No. 20 UAH completes GSC series sweep of Lee
HUNTSVILLE – The No. 20 University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team completed the Gulf South Conference series sweep of Lee with a walk-off 12-4 victory in six innings on Sunday afternoon at Charger Park. UAH improves to 9-3 (3-0 GSC), while LU slides to 3-9 (0-3 GSC).
The Chargers were hot in the early going with an eight-run rally in the bottom of the first that sent 12 batters to the plate, as UAH would carry that lead to a 12-4, six-inning win over LU with Kaylee Vaught sending a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the sixth.
Freshman Alexa Douthitt had a stellar game offensively with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate with a team-high four RBI, as she clubbed a three-run home run in the first to kickstart the eight-run rally. The Madison, Alabama, native hit two home runs in the series and now has three in the 2023 campaign.
Lawren Hayes, Sadie Thompson and Kaylee Vaught each collected two hits, two runs and one RBI, while Kinley Adams and Lila Young both had one base hit and two RBI apiece.
Maddie Tankersley started for the Chargers, turning in 3.0 shutout innings with three hits allowed for a no-decision.
Megan Shurtz picked up the win in relief to improve to 3-1 this season, as she tossed the final 2.0 innings with no runs or hits allowed.
UAH 5, LU 4 (9 innings)
The Chargers became the victors in extra-innings on Saturday afternoon, as the Blue & White battled back from being down three runs in the bottom of the ninth to winning 5-4 over the Flames.
Maddie Cartron showed her clutch prowess again late for the Chargers, as she slugged a game-tying, three-run home run to centerfield in the ninth. She went 2-for-4 on the day as one of three Chargers with multi-hit performances, and she now has two home runs in the 2023 campaign.
Alexa Douthitt also clubbed her second home run of the season with a solo shot that put UAH ahead in the bottom of the first. She finished the game going 2-for-3 with a team-high two runs scored, one RBI and one walk.
Kinley Adams rounded out the Chargers with multi-hit performances with a 2-for-4 day at the plate.
Megan Shurtz tossed the full 9.0 innings for the Chargers, while recording five strikeouts and allowing four earned runs to improve to 3-1 on the season.
UAH 5, LU 0
After four scoreless innings by both sides, UAH broke through with a three-run fifth to go along with two insurance runs in the sixth to win it 5-0 in game two on Saturday.
Katie Bracken earned the complete-game victory with zero runs allowed and 12 strikeouts across her 7.0-inning performance. She improves to 3-0 with the win.
Jessica Edde gave UAH the lead in the fifth, thanks to a two-RBI double to left center that was followed up by a pinch-hit RBI single up the middle by Heather Phillips as part of the three-run rally.
Sadie Thompson gave UAH two insurance runs in the sixth one a two-RBI double down the right-field line. Edde and Thompson tied for the team lead with two RBI.
Catron notched her second multi-hit performance in the game-two victory, going 2-for-3 with one run scored.
The Chargers are back in action with the NFCA Division II Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Georgia, next weekend with games slated against Georgian Court, Wilmington, Northern State, Carson-Newman and LeMoyne.