UAH, Barry split in top-15 affair
Kelley belts two homers in game 1 before Chargers go cold
WINTER PARK, Fla. – Top-ranked Alabama-Huntsville split a road doubleheader with a nationally-ranked opponent for the second consecutive day as it defeated No. 13 Barry 8-0 in the first game before falling 3-2 in the tightly contested nightcap. The Chargers now sit at 13-2 on the year.
In the first contest, Mary Kelley stole the show as she drove in five of the team's runs on a pair of homers – a three-run blast in the second and a two-run jack with two outs in the sixth that ended the game at 8-0.
She finished the contest a perfect 3 for 3 while also earning a walk and picking up a stolen base.
Kelli Long and Stephanie Needham also picked up an RBI each in the contest as the team outhit the Bucs 7-5.
Picking up her seventh win of the season in the circle, Whitney Toler (7-1) tossed the shutout as she worked around the five hits, struck out two and issued just one free pass.
Toler received some immediate help from her defense as she got out of a jam in the first after allowing back-to-back singles to start the game. After striking out the third Barry batter, the Charger defense turned a 4-3 double play to get out of the inning unscathed, allowing the team to take a 2-0 lead in their half of the first as Long and Needham scored in the frame.
The second game was much tighter despite the fact that the teams combined for more hits than in the day's first contest.
UAH again outhit Barry, registering nine hits to Barry's eight, but the Chargers left seven on base in the game.
Needham was strong in the affair as she collected a pair of hits and drove in both UAH runs, knocking in Kelley in the second with an RBI double and driving Long with a base hit in the fifth. It would not be enough as Barry scored a run in the first and added two in the fourth to produce the 3-2 final.
Whitney Gilbert (3-1) picked up her first loss the year while going the distance.