UAH Wins Two Elimination Games, Faces Rollins Sunday

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HUNTSVILLE | With its back against the wall and facing elimination on day two of the NCAA South 1 Regional, the University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team won both games on Saturday to earn a trip to the final on Sunday against Rollins. The Chargers defeated North Alabama 6-5 in walk-off fashion in their first game and routed Tuskegee 12-3 in their final game of the day.
 
UAH used a walk-off single by Emily Glover to eliminate North Alabama as she drove in pinch-runner Elizabeth Jordan and Kaitlyn Bannister with one out in the seventh to spark a raucous celebration at home as the Chargers season was extended with the win.
 
UAH will play Rollins on Sunday at 1 p.m. in another elimination game as the Tars advanced with a win over Tuskegee in the day's first contest. The Chargers will need to win twice on Sunday to advance to the NCAA South Super Regional.
 
The Chargers entered the final inning trailing a run, but Tyler Harrison drew a one-out walk and was lifted for Jordan, and Bannister followed that up with a single through the left side that put the winning run on base for UAH. A passed ball then moved both into scoring position, allowing both runners to score when Glover poked it through the left side.
 
Falling behind 4-0 in the first inning of the game and trailing at one point by five, the Chargers went on to plate two runners each in the third, sixth and seventh innings. Kimberly Jack (9-2) came into the game in relief to pick up the victory as she threw 4.1 shutout innings to allow the top-seed in the region to climb back in the game.
 
Glover and Macie Couey each recorded a pair of RBI, while Victoria Frith and Bannister notched a multi-hit game combining to go 4-for-7 at the plate. UAH was outhit by the Lions 10-8 in the game.
 
Facing another elimination game, the Chargers played the type of game the UAH faithful had come accustomed to seeing all season long in a 12-3 runaway against Tuskegee. The Chargers scored two or more runs in four of the five innings they batted in.
 
UAH would go up 7-0 and never look back, as Jack – who earned the start in the circle – picked up where she left off against UNA allowing just one earned run. The Chargers connected on 10 hits and used three Golden Tigers' errors to take home the big victory.
 
Four players notched two hits or more, as Brianna Sullivan, Bannister, Mary Kelley and Tyler Harrison all picked up a multi-hit game. Sullivan led the way from the two-hole going 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and Bannister contributed five RBIs including a home run and a double.
 
Six of the nine batters scored at least one run, while Couey inched closer to the school record in stolen bases as she swiped three today to bump her total to 46.
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