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Alabama-Huntsville opens conference play with win

No. 9 Alabama-Huntsville 5, West Georgia 1

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Alabama-Huntsville opened up Gulf South Conference play on Saturday afternoon, capturing a 5-1 victory at West Georgia to remain perfect on the year at 8-0 (1-0 GSC). The Wolves slip to 6-3 (0-1 GSC).

Whitney Toler (2-0) was masterful in the circle for UAH, surrendering just two hits and the lone run – an unearned tally. Striking out two, the senior pitcher lowered her season ERA to a miniscule 0.43.

No. 5 Armstrong Atlantic 10, Mars Hill 0
No. 5 Armstrong Atlantic 7, Saint Leo 2

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Armstrong Atlantic picked up a pair of wins on Saturday, blanking Mars Hill 10-0 in five innings and defeating Saint Leo 7-2.

The first game of the day was a tight contest until the fifth inning. Armstrong pushed across a run in the third inning on Andrea Dalton's sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead. The game would stay 1-0 until the top of the fifth inning when the Pirates would send 14 batters to the plate in a nine-run inning to clinch the contest. Armstrong had seven hits in the frame, drew two walks and had two batters hit by pitches.

Ollivia McLemore (3-1) picked up the win for the Pirates by hurling five innings of one-hit ball, walking three while striking out five. Shelby Culler (0-1) took the loss for the Lions in game one, giving up six hits and three runs in five innings of work, walking one while striking out one.

Shorter 3, No. 6 Valdosta State 1
Shorter 8, No. 6 Valdosta State

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Valdosta State suffered back-to-back losses (3-1, 8-6) in the Blazers' Gulf South Conference double header opener against Shorter at Steel's Diamond on Saturday afternoon.

In game one, Brianna Hancock exchanged scoreless innings with Shorter ace Christina Ezell for the first three frames before the fourth inning, when Hannah Strickland ripped a run scoring double over the bag at third and into the left field corner. The double allowed Shelby Altman, who had reached previously on a walk, to score all the way from first base and gave the Blazers a 1-0 advantage.

The Blazers were unable to overcome an impressive offensive performance by Shorter in game two, as the Hawks scored runs in five of the seven innings played.

Shorter took a 3-1 lead into the fourth inning before the squad opened up a five run advantage, thanks to a half inning which included three hits, one error, and three runs scored, one of which was unearned.

Trailing 8-2 in the final inning, the Blazers made a push with a three run home run by Karson King and a four run half inning, but the six-run deficit proved to be too much to overcome as the Hawks finished off the two game sweep.

No. 8 West Texas A&M 8, Colorado Mesa 0
No. 8 West Texas A&M 12, Fort Lewis 2

CANYON, Texas -- West Texas A&M remained unbeaten on the season with a pair of wins during day 2 of the Woodward WT Invitational. WT topped Colorado Mesa in a five inning run-rule followed by a 12-2 win against Fort Lewis in six innings in the nightcap in front of over 650 fans.

Newman 6, No. 10 Southeastern Oklahoma State 1
Newman 5, No. 10 Southeastern Oklahoma State 3

DURANT, Okla. -- After nearly two weeks off due to weather conditions, No. 10 Southeastern showed some rust on Saturday afternoon, dropping a pair of games to Newman, first falling 6-1 before dropping game two 5-3. 

In the opener, five different players each collected a hit and Courtney Riddle drove in the team's lone run. In the circle, Mindy McElroy got the start but allowed six runs on six hits over 4.0 innings before handing the ball to Shayna Milam who allowed a hit over 3.0 innings of work.

Jessica Simmons abs Riddle each collected a pair of hits in the nightcap, while Sydney Kramer added two RBI and Riddle drove in another. Jacee Bennett got the start and allowed five runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings pitched before Milam again came on in relief, tossing 1.1 innings and gave up just one walk.