Lions in GSC Softball Tournament field
CARROLLTON, Ga., – After watching West Georgia rally for a 4-3 last-at-bat victory in the opening game, the University of North Alabama softball team held on to post a 5-4 win in game two on Saturday, to lock up a spot in the upcoming Gulf South Conference Tournament. The road split gives the Lions a 16-26 record and the No. 4 seed in the East Division after going 11-14 in league play.
UNA will face the West Division’s top-seeded Arkansas Tech in the opening round of the GSC tournament on Friday at the Greenbrook Softball Complex in Southaven, Miss. ATU defeated the Lions 4-2 on April 7, at the GSC Crossover in Decatur.
On Saturday against West Georgia, UNA was in position to win the opening game after taking a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. A leadoff home run by Meagen Sitton put the Wolves on the scoreboard, followed by three unearned runs. After a fielding error put runners at first and third with one out, UWG scored on a groundout, then tied the game at 3-3 on an RBI-double by Ashlyn Newman.
Megan Garcia then provided the winning hit with a single to centerfield, scoring Kala Graham, who pinch ran for Newman.
Haley Barnette (8-13) took the loss in the circle for the Lions. The freshman gave up four runs off 10 hits with three walks and a strikeout. At the plate, Alex Kieffer was 2-for-2 while Sarah Corn also added two hits with an RBI. Jennifer Sharp also hit her 18th career home run with a solo blast to left field in the top of the third inning.
In the second game, North Alabama held three-run leads on separate occasions before holding on for a 5-4 victory. Heather Suddoth and Ali Barnette each hit third first home runs of the season as UNA clinched a post-season berth with the win.
The Lions led 4-1 after four innings and were ahead 5-2 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. West Georgia, however, pushed two runs across the plate in the bottom of the sixth and had the tying run at second base in the seventh inning. Evalena Behr was able to strike out Kristin Hall to end the game and preserve the win for the Lions. Behr finished the game with six strikeouts after scattering 14 hits to improve to 6-7 on the season.
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