No. 1 UAH splits two with UWF
Argonauts 3-2 win in nightcap snaps Chargers 24 game streak
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A walk-off single by Amber Ingram gave the West Florida a 3-2 nine-inning victory over No. 1 Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday night in game two of a Gulf South Conference doubleheader. The Chargers took the opening game of the doubleheader, 5-4, also in nine innings.
The UWF victory ends UAH’s winning streak at 24 games. The Argonauts finish the regular season 22-21 (11-16) and with the victory, they are still mathematically alive for a GSC Tournament bid. UAH is now 38-2-1 (22-1 GSC).
In the opener UAH’s Emily Roach singled home Sam Deep in the top half of the 9th inning, giving the Chargers the winning run in what proved to be a back-and-forth, emotional affair.
Alex Lewis (7-0) pitched 4.2 innings of relief and blew the save but recovered to post the win. Victoria Harvey (6-8) put forth a stellar effort for the Argonauts, but took the loss.
The UAH offensive machine wasted little time cranking up, as they scored solo runs in the first two innings. Abby MacKay tallied a bases loaded sacrifice fly in the top of the 1st, and Kelli Long added a run-scoring double high off the center field fence to make the score 2-0 after an inning and a half.
Backed into a corner, the Argonauts came out swinging in the bottom of the 2nd inning, loading the bases with one out. Pinch hitter Elizabeth Nugent lined a ball to deep center field, chasing Danielle Kildow home. The Argonauts would not tie the game, however, as base runner Jennifer Bennett was thrown out trying to advance, which ended the inning.
The Chargers wasted no time earning the run back. Krystal Johnson pounded a run-scoring double in the 3rd inning to restore the two-run lead, but Harvey got UAH to leave the bases loaded, keeping the score 3-1.
The road team scored without a hit in the 4th inning. Long reached on an error to lead off the inning and came home on a second UWF error to boost the lead to 4-1.
West Florida brought one back in the bottom of the 4th, using a burst of two-out magic. Tiffany Duncan smoked a double into left field, scoring Lexi Mikedis to make the score 4-2. An inning later, Ingram came through with an RBI single in the 5th, cutting the deficit back to a single run. But the junior was thrown out at home to end the inning, keeping UAH ahead.
UAH summoned Lewis with one out in the 5th, expecting the lefty to shut things down and earn her 14th save of the season. But she surrendered just her second run in 64 innings of work in the 6th, as Ashliegh McLean singled home a run to tie the game at 4-4.
Later in the inning, Ingram was inches away from playing the hero role, as her line drive headed for the right center gap. But right fielder Meagan Billingsley made a sprawling over-the-shoulder catch to keep the game even.
The score stayed 4-4 until the top of the 9th inning, when Roach singled through the left side, scoring Deep. A double play groundout in the bottom of the inning ended UWF’s upset bid.
Duncan was 3-for-4 to lead the UWF offense, while Kildow, Karri Bisbee and Crystal Thompson each had two hits for the Argonauts. Mary Kelley led the Chargers with three hits.
The nightcap also advanced into extra innings before Ingram polished off the upset, singling up the middle to score Duncan and end the game in the bottom of the 9th.
McLean (14-10) pitched a complete game and earned a huge pitching victory, allowing just two hits. Whitney Gilbert (11-2) took the loss for UAH.
The Chargers lit up the scoreboard first in game two, as a Billingsley triple scored a 2nd inning run and made the score 1-0. But West Florida rallied again, tying the game in the bottom of the 3rd on a suicide squeeze bunt by Ingram that scored Kaley Kania and evened the game at 1-1.
Kathryn Whitlock restored the UAH lead a half inning later with a single through the left side, scoring the second UAH run of the game. UWF answered again though, providing the equalizer in the 5th inning when Ingram scored on a throwing error to move the score to 2-2.
Ingram led the offensive charge with a 3-for-3 day, while Bisbee and Duncan each added two hits. Duncan finished with five hits on the day to lead all players.