The University of West Florida softball team swept Alabama-Huntsville at home on Saturday in the team’s first home game in nearly four weeks. The Argonauts held on for a 6-5 game-one win before shutting out the Chargers 5-0 in game two.
“Alabama-Huntsville is a very good team and they have been winning several games lately so it was really good for us to get the wins,” head coach Tami Cyr said. “These wins will hopefully boost our team’s confidence and help them believe that they can beat anybody. It’s just two great wins for a very deserving team. We’ve never let up and never stopped practicing hard and it’s just a tribute to this teams’ work ethic.”
Redshirt freshman Lauren Register got the start in game one and earned the win after pitching 4.2 innings in the circle and striking out three batters. Senior Jordan Ratliff appeared in relief and allowed only one hit in 2.1 innings and held the Chargers offense scoreless en route to earning her first save of the season.
West Florida kicked things off in the bottom of the first inning as Hannah Camp hit an RBI single through the left side to score Danielle Sanders. Sanders led off the inning with a stand-up triple off the fence in deep center field off the first pitch she saw.
UWF extended their lead in the bottom of the third inning as Kasie Buckley hit a RBI double to center field to score Caroline Kaston. Hannah Dowling would go on to hit a RBI single through the right side to score Buckley to increase the lead to three runs.
In the bottom of the fourth inning UWF used a two-out rally to score three runs off of four hits. Kaston started things off with a RBI single to left field. West Florida junior first baseman Elizabeth Nugent would add to the rally with a 2-RBI single to extend the Argo lead to six runs.
The Alabama-Huntsville Chargers used four hits to score five runs in the top of the fifth inning to end Registers day in the circle. Ratliff pitched 2.1 innings in relief to seal the win for West Florida.
UWF junior pitcher Taylor Bailey earned her ninth win of the season in the 5-0, game-two win. Bailey pitched a complete game and scattered two hits and struck out six batters to improve her season ERA to 1.84.
“I felt really good out there today,” Bailey said. “Those were two really big wins for us and it was a team effort all the way around.”
West Florida tacked on a run in the first inning for the second-straight game as Nugent hit a RBI double to left field to score Kaston.
UWF added two runs in the bottom of the third inning off of two hits. With runners on the corners and one out Audrey Harner scored from third as the Alabama-Huntsville catcher tried to throw out Kaston as she attempted to steal second base. The Argo’s added another run as H. Camp doubled to left field to score Buckley and increase the lead to three runs.
The Argos scored a run in the bottom of the fifth as Sanders scored on a UAH throwing error after stealing third base. West Florida added an insurance run in the following inning as Sanders hit a RBI double down the right field line to score Bianca Lopez.
West Florida will play host to West Alabama on Sunday, April 14 for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. CT.
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