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Whitlow's bat hot at Chillout

From Staff Reports

The University of North Alabama softball team picked up a pair of shutout victories in Decatur on Friday at the UAH Charger Chillout, knocking off Northern Kentucky and Kentucky Wesleyan to improve to 11-1 on the season.

Hartselle's Sarah Whitlow went 5-for-8 on the day as the Lions downed NKU 8-0 in five innings, before picking up the 5-0 over KWC at Wilson Morgan Park. As a team, UNA had 23 hits on the day.

The win over NKU was the third of the season for UNA. Starting pitcher Sabrina Roberts needed 41 pitches to pick up the victory on the mound and improve to 4-0 on the year. The junior from Decatur gave up three hits and added two strikeouts on the day.

On offense, Whitlow went 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBI.

The Lions got things going in the top of the second inning, sending nine batters to the plate and scoring four runs. UNA scored two more runs in the third before getting single runs in the top of the fourth and fifth innings.

Decatur's Lindsey Greene went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Kim Lee also scored three times and had two doubles during a 2-for-3 showing. As a team, the Lions had 13 hits, including six doubles.

Against KWC, the Lions broke a scoreless tie with a run in the top of the fifth inning. UNA then added three runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to pick up the 5-0 victory. Whitlow and Decatur's Lindsey Bates each went 2-for-4 in the contest.

Megan Niesel (4-0) got the win on the mound after scattering three hits and striking out three batters in seven innings of work.

The Lions will continue play at the Chillout on Saturday with a pair of afternoon games. UNA will play Central Missouri at 1 p.m. before facing Bellarmine at 3 p.m.

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