MONTEVALLO, Ala. – West Alabama softball earned its first victory of the 2017 campaign, downing Ursuline (Ohio) 5-3 in the first of two games on Saturday at the Second Annual Falcon Frenzy.

The Tigers improve to 1-4 on the season, while the Arrows fall to 0-1 after dropping their first game of the year.

“The first one is always the hardest. Not just for me, but for the athletes even more,” UWA head coach Carie Dever-Boaz said in regards to her first victory at the helm of the Tiger softball program. “I think they started pushing a little bit harder today, but the biggest thing is they just held on. They never quit.”

Within three pitches in the top off the first, the Tigers loaded the bases for Sarah Beth King. As King drew a walk and earned an RBI, bringing Audrey Diekmann across the plate to give West Alabama a 1-0 lead.

The Tigers picked up two more runs own the second with RBIs from Ashley Stassin and Kierra Hague. Stassin’s RBI single brought Chelsea Lobitos around to score, while Hague hit into a fielder’s choice, allowing Diekmann to touch home for the second time.

Diekmann extended West Alabama’s lead to 5-0 in the top of the fifth, Earning two RBI’s on a single down the left field line, bringing AC Storey and Abby McKee around to score,

“I thought Bob (Andrea Edmonds) pitched a phenomenal game,” Dever-Boaz said. “I think every one of our players did a lot of amazing things.”

Edmonds allowed just two hits through five complete innings before leaving the game. However, three quick Ursuline hits in the bottom of the sixth brought Edmonds back to the circle in hopes of neutralizing the bases-loaded threat.

Ursuline’s Lyard ripped a single into left field, bringing the Arrows within three runs while Humbel’s single brought brought Presutto in for the Arrows, moving the score line to 5-3. Edmonds stopped the bleeding, striking out Snow and forcing a pop-up and ground out to end the inning.

After the Tigers went quietly in the top of the seventh, Ursuline’s Thomas was caught stealing, and Edmonds sat down to batters, securing the 5-3 victory for West Alabama.

Diekmann went 1-for-2 at the plate, scoring two runs and bring two runs around for the Tigers. Stassin, Hague and King each pitched in one RBI apiece.

Andrea Edmonds (1-3) for UWA earned the win, contributing nine strikeouts while facing 25 batters. Ursuline’s Gina Rosshirt (0-1) took the loss, allowing three runs on two hits in 1.1 innings of work.

The Tigers will return action Friday afternoon as they face Tuskegee University. First pitch is set for 3:45 p.m.

Written by Callie Murphy|Previously published on uwaathletics.com