Postponing the start time from 11:45 to 1:00 did not prevent the game from beginning under dreary skies with light rain falling. Nonetheless, the festivities commenced as Dr. Robert Aldenkirch, the retiring UAH president threw out the first pitch of the game, and as the Chargers would go on to shut out the Union College Bulldogs to win the series 2-1.
The Chargers started sophomore pitcher Layton Murphy, who made short work of the Bulldogs in the first inning, striking out three, while only advancing one batter, on a base hit single to the left side by K. Kelley.
The Bulldogs starting pitcher was Gabbey Morris, who was soon relieved by Parker Davis, after giving up two runs in the first.
The second inning left the Chargers up 3-0 as catcher Taylor Wascavage hit her first home run of the season. The third inning was unproductive for the Bulldogs as they got no one on base. The Chargers bats had slightly more success with Shelby Booker registering a hit, but with no runs being scored. The Bulldogs were again held hitless for the fourth inning.
As the clouds finally began to clear, and the sun to emerge, UAH would register 4 hits and 4 runs in a strong fourth inning performance. The Bulldogs were able to reach base on an error in the fourth, but were again held scoreless with Murphy’s strong pitching, and otherwise solid fielding.
Both teams had hitless fifth innings. The Bulldogs started to get something going in the top of the sixth, with two hits and one walk, but Murphy maintained her composure to get the final out. At the conclusion of the 6th inning, the game was called due to the sizable deficit and incoming rain, but not before the Chargers had scored once more, with Bookers being driven in by an Amber Hammonds double.
The final line for Murphy was impressive, she gave up only 4 hits and one walk, giving her her 9th win of the season. The two Union pitchers combined to give up 10 hits and 4 walks. Booker, Hammonds, and Wascavage each recorded 2 hits, while Kiera Akles led the Charger’s with 3 RBI’s.
This win brings UAH Softball to 33-12, and helps maintain their second position in the GSC standings, and guaranteeing them a place in the GSC conference tournament. The Chargers will conclude their home season with a three-game series against the GSC leading West Florida Argonauts, who come in with a 38-5 record. There will be a doubleheader on Friday the 19th, followed by the third game on Saturday.