DECATUR — Playing through snow flurries and temperatures in the upper 30s, the University of North Alabama softball team pounded out 25 hits in a pair of victories Saturday at the UAH Charger Chillout.
After posting a 5-3 win over Augusta State, the Lions downed Maryville 13-4 in five innings at Decatur’s Wilson Morgan Park.
With the two wins, UNA is 8-0 on the year and off to its best start since opening the 2006 season with a 12-2 mark.
In the first game, UNA took an early lead, scoring four runs all with two outs in the fourth inning.
Nikki Hodges singled in a run, Summer Wilkerson added an RBI and Harlie Barkley (2-for-3) followed with a two-run single.
The Jaguars scored a run fourth inning and two more in the sixth, but the Lions added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth and Haley Barnette pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the save.
Breanna Riley (4-0) got the win, allowing five hits and striking out two.
Callie Steadman and Ashley Bonner had two hits each.
Against Maryville, Steadman and Dani Colwill each went 4-for-4, as the Lions scored 13 runs on 15 hits and reached double digits in runs scored for the fifth time in eight games.
Nicki Whitten was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer.
Barnette (4-0) scattered six hits in a complete game.
UNA concludes play at the Chillout with
two games today, the first against Florida Tech at 9 a.m. before facing Ohio Dominican at
High school soccer
Florence boys fall in shoot-out: Florence controlled much of the flow of play during regulation but never could muster a goal. After a scoreless overtime period, the Falcons eventually lost to Grissom 5-4 in a penalty-kick shoot-out.
Carlos Cassarubias, Esau Ramos, Justin Whitten, Andrew Duff scored in the shoot-out for Florence (1-1).
The Falcons host James Clemens on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.