SALEM, Va. – A dominating pitching performance by Alabama-Huntsville guided the team into the national title game. The Chargers downed Midwestern State 2-0 in the semifinal game on Sunday afternoon.
Alabama-Huntsville jumped out on top with a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the first. With two out, Stephanie Needham laced a line drive over the left field fence for a solo homer.
Kathryn Whitlock drove home an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth for the Chargers.
Krystal Johnson singled to right and moved to second on an error. Sam Deep came in as a pinch runner and took third on Mary Kelley’s groundout. With two down, Whitlock came through with a hit just past Amanda Potysman’s outstretched glove. UAH had a chance to push the lead to three but a terrific relay cut down the runner at home.
Whitney Toler worked five innings to get the win. She did not allow a run while scattering three hits and collecting four strikeouts. Alex Lewis came in with a runner on in the sixth and nobody out. She was able to quickly get three outs to get out of the inning and promptly retired the side in the seventh for the save.
Kristina Gutierrez went three innings for the Mustangs, taking the loss. She gave up one run on two hits with two strikeouts. Brittney Tanner also worked three innings in relief, allowing one run on six hits while striking out five.
The Chargers amassed eight hits while Midwestern State registered three hits in the game.
Alabama-Huntsville now stands at 48-5-1 on the year, and the Mustangs conclude their season at 54-13.
The Chargers will advance to face UC San Diego in the national championship tomorrow.