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Rain chases away Chillout, but UNA still wins 2

From staff reports

MADISON — After soggy field conditions from the previous night’s rain canceled most of the UAH Charger Chillout on Sunday, the North Alabama softball team split its final two games of the event against No. 16 Barry at Madison Academy.

The Lions posted a 1-0 victory over the Bucs in game one before falling 5-3 in the second game. UNA is now 14-2 on the year with both losses coming by a combined four runs at the hands of ranked opponents.

Wilson Morgan Park hosted the first two days of the Chillout. Alabama-Huntsville’s two games against Northern Kentucky and Kentucky Wesleyan on Sunday were canceled.

In the Lions’ first game, former Hartselle High standout Sabrina Roberts won the pitching duel for the Lions to improve to 5-0 on the season. The junior scattered six hits and struck out three batters without giving up a walk.

UNA got the only run it would need in the top of the first inning when an RBI single by Austin High graduate Lindsey Bates scored Jessica Liddy from second base. Liddy reached base by hitting her team-high seventh double of the season.

The Lions took a 3-0 lead into the sixth inning before watching Barry rally for five unanswered runs to get the win. The Bucs scored three runs in the top of the sixth and two in the seventh to post the win.

UNA was able to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but could not push a run across the plate. For the game, the Lions left 13 runners on base.

Maggie Eades doubled to right center in the bottom of the first to drive in Liddy and former Hartselle High standout Sarah Whitlow to open the scoring. Neither team scored again until the bottom of the fifth, when Andrea Palmer hit a solo home run to give UNA a 3-0 lead.

The Bucs responded in the top of the sixth with a three-run home run by Amanda Goelz to tie the game. Back-to-back RBI-hits in the seventh but Barry ahead by two, making the final score 5-3.

Whitlow led the Lions at the plate, going 2-for-4 for the game. Stephanie Glienke (4-2) took the loss on the mound.

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