The Lady Chargers took both games from the Lady Flames Saturday, by scores of 8-1 and 9-4.
The Lady Flames (5-9, 2-4) have now dropped five straight games since taking two of three from Union University last weekend. The difficult stretch, however, featured a home doubleheader with No. 16 North Georgia on Wednesday before a trip to Huntsville to battle the third-ranked Lady Chargers (11-2, 4-2) over the weekend.
UAH jumped on the board first with a pair of runs in the third inning. Kaitlyn Bannister roped a double to left center to score the first run, followed by a Mallory McNeal run-scoring single to give the home team a 2-0 advantage.
Freshman Jesse Giles brought the Lady Flames back in the fifth inning launching her first career home run over the left-field fence to tie things up at 2-2. Giles also added a double in the contest.
The tie was short-lived however, as Alabama-Huntsville struck for four runs in the bottom of the fifth off Lee reliever Hailey Clark to help seal the victory. Hailey Thompson singled in a run with the bases loaded to start the rally. After a Lady Flames’ throwing error led to an unearned run, the Lady Chargers capped the inning with a two-run single by Emily Glover.
Angie Hughes started for the Lady Flames and worked 2 2/3 innings before giving way to Clark. Hughes gave up two runs on four hits. Clark (0-3) was tagged with the loss as she pitched the final 3 1/3 innings giving up five runs on six hits.
Whitney Toler started in the circle for Alabama-Huntsville and was effective in 4 2/3 innings of work. Toler gave up two runs on two hits and struck out three. After Tyler Harrison gave up a pair of hits in relief, Kimberly Jack (1-0) came on to work the final 2 1/3 innings to secure the victory.
Harrison continued her weekend tear at the plate for the Lady Chargers with two doubles and two runs scored. Bannister added a double and a single.
Freshman Rachel Polacek joined Giles with two hits in the contest adding a pair of singles for Lee. Amanda Lynn, Lexie Dean, Dominique Hannah and Ana Cosocorrosa all singled as well to complete the eight-hit performance.
The Lady Flames will look to get back on the winning track when they return home to Butler Field to battle Tennessee Wesleyan College Wednesday. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 3 p.m.
LADY CHARGERS 8,
LADY FLAMES 1
The Lady Flames mustered just four hits in an 8-1 loss to UAH in Saturday’s game one.
Macie Couey got the Lady Chargers going with a two-run triple to highlight a three-run second for the home team. Alabama-Huntsville opened things up with a four-run fourth thanks to costly Lee errors before Couey struck again with a solo homer in the sixth to cap the scoring.
Whitney Toler (3-0) remained perfect on the season in the circle of the Lady Chargers. She worked 5 2/3 innings giving up just one run while striking out four.
Lee’s Angie Hughes (3-5) was tagged with the loss. The sophomore worked five-plus innings giving up seven hits and eight runs. Hughes was again her own worst enemy giving up seven walks. Freshman Hailey Clark worked a scoreless inning in relief for the Lady Flames.
Lee’s offense was led by Dominique Hannah who finished 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored. Lexie Dean and Meg Macias each singled. Ana Coscorrosa drove in the lone run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
LADY CHARGERS 9,
LADY FLAMES 4
Despite scoring three runs in the top of the first the Lady Flames were unable to cool off the hot bats of UAH, falling 9-4 in Saturday’s nightcap.
Lee recorded 10 hits in the contest, but only one went for extra bases. Lexie Dean doubled and added a pair of singles in four trips. Lead-off hitter Amanda Lynn also finished 3-for-4 and scored twice.
The Lady Chargers grabbed the lead with a four run fourth sending nine batters to the plate. UAH put away any doubt in the sixth, scoring four more runs thanks to a Tyler Harrison two-run double and a Haley Thompson two-run single.
Harrison finished 3-for-4 to lead the 12-hit flurry for Alabama-Huntsville. Mary Kelly added a pair of singles and drove in two.
Emily Glover (4-1) started and worked six innings for the win. She gave up four runs on eight hits.
Hailey Clark (0-2) was tagged with the loss for the Lady Flames. The freshman pitched three innings giving up four runs on five hits while walking three.