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North Alabama hitter Sarah Whitlow keeps her eye on the ball during her teamís 5-2 win over Henderson State at Wilson Morgan Park on Friday. Whitlow played at Hartselle High.
Bates a nightmare for UNA opponents in GSC Crossover
By Shane Herrmann
Special to The Daily
Lindsey Bates went 6-for-7 on the day to lead the University of North Alabama softball team to a pair of victories in the second day of the Gulf South Conference Crossover on Friday at Decaturís Wilson Morgan Park.
The junior, who played at Austin High, also scored twice and drove in a run as the Lions knocked off Henderson State 5-2 and Ouachita Baptist 7-2 to improve to 29-14 overall with a 10-5 mark in GSC play.
Against the Lady Reddies, Bates went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored a run for the Lions. With the score tied at 1, UNA scored twice in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to take control of the game.
Hartselle High grad Sabrina Roberts picked up the victory on the mound after striking out six batters.
She allowed two runs off six hits without any walks to improve to 11-6 on the year. Maggie Eades also had two hits for the Lions.
Bates was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate in the second game against OBU.
UNA pitcher and Hartselle grad Sabrina Roberts delivers a pitch against Henderson State on Friday. She struck out six and got the win.
She doubled in the first inning and followed with three straight singles to represent four of the teamsí 13 hits in the game.
Jessica Liddy got the scoring started for the Lions in the first inning with a two-run home run to left center. Bates followed with her double and later scored in the inning to give UNA a 3-0 lead.
Ouachita cut the lead to 3-1 with a run in the top of the sixth, but the Lions put the game out of reach with four runs in the bottom of the inning.
Liddy finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, a homer and three RBI. Eades also had two more hits to finish the day 4-for-7 at the plate. Megan Niesel picked up the complete-game victory to improve to8-3 on the year. She struck out seven batters and scattered seven hits for the game.
UNA is scheduled to take on Christian Brothers and Southern Arkansas in consecutive games Saturday beginning at noon.
In other GSC Crossover games Friday:
West Georgia 6, Arkansas Tech 2: West Georgia pitcher Kacie Crider went the distance to collect her eighth victory of the year, while Jamie Van Haltern came within a triple of the cycle to lead the Wolves to victory. Candice Brown, Paige Hanson and Van Haltern each had three hits in the game to lead to Wolves offensively.
Crider allowed just two runs on seven hits while striking out three.
West Florida 10, Arkansas-Monticello 3: With the score tied at 2, West Florida scored six runs after two outs en route to a 10-3 win over Arkansas-Monticello.
Arkansas-Monticello grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-out, two-run home run by Kate Brady, but it was all Argonauts from that point.
Whitney Gay went 3-for-4 with a trio of RBIs for UWF. She also hit her fourth home run of the crossover. Taren Walton picked up the win and also did damage at the plate. She went 2-for-3 and scored a run, while striking out 11 UAM batters and scattering five hits.
Henderson State 6, West Alabama 0: HSU pitcher Katie Corbell threw a two-hit shutout to improve to 9-4 on the year. The Lady Reddies got a single run in the top of the third inning, then added three in the fourth and two in the fifth to make the final margin 6-0.
Tori Gast and Kelcie Glidden had two hits each to lead HSU, while Shelia Jordan and Emily White record the only hits for the Tigers.
West Florida 4, Southern Arkansas 1: West Floridaís Nicky Van Camp blasted a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Argonauts a 4-1come-from-behind victory over SAU.
A single by Taren Walton tied the game at 2 after the Lady Muleriders were only one out away from a victory. Emily Burge (13-11) held SAU to just two hits, going the distance to get the win. Both runs were earned and she walked only one while getting seven strikeouts.
Whitney Brannon and Stephanie Beason had Southern Arkansasí hits, both home runs, with Brannonís in the fourth and Beasonís in the sixth.
West Georgia 12, Christian Brothers 0: West Georgiaís Chelsea Albertson tossed just the second perfect game in school history while the Wolves offense exploded for 12 runs during the five-inning mercy-rule victory over CBU.
Albertson retired 12 consecutive batters, including four strikeouts to earn her second career no-hitter while the Wolves pounded out 13 hits in the
Henderson State left fielder Jackie Darnstaedt dives for a ball against North Alabama at the Gulf South Conference Crossover softball tournament at Wilson Morgan Park in Decatur on Friday.
Candice Brown went 3-for-4 to lead UWG. She also scored a run and had four RBIs.
Alabama-Huntsville 13, Arkansas Tech 5: UAH exploded for 13 runs off 12 hits during a 13-5 win over Arkansas Tech. Four players recorded at least two hits in the game, including Amy Harris and Jenny Hess, who each went 2-for-3 with four RBIs.
Stephanie Pinto also went 2-for-3 for UAH, while Erin Duke was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate.
The Chargers raced out to an early 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning before ATU responded.
Four runs by the Cotton Blossoms briefly cut the margin to a single run at 5-4. UAH, however continued its offensive onslaught, while Charger pitchers Courtney Hudson and Emily Horne combined to allow only one run off six hits the rest of the way.
UAH plated three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and added five in the fifth to end the game early via the eight-run mercy rule.
Hudson took the victory on the mound to improve to 4-3 on the year.
West Alabama 5, Christian Brothers 2: West Alabama used a four-run fifth inning to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 victory over Christian Brothers.
CBU out-hit the Tigers 7-6, but left seven runners on base, while UWA was able to come through with the timely hits. Alisha Berry went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored a run to lead the Tigers.
Lauren Zavelli was the only CBU player to have at least two hits after going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Aubree Hudson recorded the pitching victory. She climbed above the.500 mark for the year at 10-9 after striking out six batters and scattering seven hits with only two walks.
Alabama-Huntsville 9, Delta State 1: The Lady Chargers improved to 37-13 on the season and a perfect 3-0 at the crossover with a mercy-rule victory over Delta State.
Anna Parker was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of RBIs to lead a UAH squad that scored in the bottom of every
inning but the first and fourth. Caroline Weatherly and Stephanie Pinto also each went 2-for-3 on the day as the Lady Chargers pounded out 12 hits.
Sage Woodham improved to 18-4 on the mound in a complete game effort.
The sophomore scattered nine hits and never yielded a walk in six innings of work.
Here are the games to be played in Saturdayís Gulf South Conference Crossover softball tournament at Wilson Morgan Park in Decatur.
Noon: North Alabama vs. Christian Brothers; Alabama-Huntsville vs. Henderson State; West Alabama vs. Delta State.
2 p.m.: North Alabama vs. Southern Arkansas; Alabama-Huntsville vs. Christian Brothers; West Florida vs. Ouachita Baptist.
4 p.m.: West Florida vs. Arkansas Tech; West Georgia vs. Henderson State; Valdosta State vs. Ouachita Baptist
6 p.m.: West Georgia vs. Arkansas-Monticello; Valdosta State vs. Southern Arkansas.
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