Lions Sweep Christian Brothers To Reach 30-Win Plateau

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With a sweep of Christian Brothers at Mike Lane Field Saturday, the University of North Alabama baseball team reached the 30-win plateau and improved to 10-7 in Gulf South Conference play. UNA won the opener 16-2 and rallied from an early deficit to win the nightcap 7-3. With the sweep the Lions are now 30-11 overall and have won their last four straight. Christian Brothers falls to 10-26 and 3-14.

 

In the opener, UNA scored a run in the third inning and added four in the fourth, eight in the fifth and three in the sixth for the 16-2 win. CBU got single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

 

Christian Brothers scored a run in the first inning and another in the third to take a 2-0 lead in the nightcap. UNA scored a run in the third and added two in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead. CBU tied the game in the fifth but UNA scored four runs over its final two at bats for the 7-3 win.

 

Michael Schmidt scored UNA’s first run, reaching on an error and scoring on an RBI single by Josh Cyr. In the fourth inning, Andrew Almon walked and Darrmal Moore was hit-by-pitch before Schmidt doubled in a run. After Josh Doyle reached on an error, Jake Sloan drove in a run on a ground out and Cyr had a two-run single. The Lions sent 13 batters to the plate in the fifth and scored eight runs. Drew Parker had two doubles and drove in two runs in the inning, while Schmidt, Cyr and Andrew Almon also had RBI hits. UNA’s final three runs came in the sixth on a three-run home run by Sloan. It was his fifth of the season.

 

Johnny Hornbuckle (6-5) got the complete-game win for UNA, allowing just two runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Mac Cooley (1-4) took the loss for CBU.

 

With UNA down 2-0 in the nightcap, Parker singled and later scored on a Josh Doyle RBI-single. In the fourth, J.P. LaMunyon was hit-by-pitch and Josh Carpenter followed with a single. Almon attempted a sacrifice but CBU threw the ball away, allowing LaMunyon to score. Darrmal Moore later singled in Carpenter to give UNA a 3-2 lead. CBU tied the game in the top of the fifth and chased UNA starter Michael Watkins. The Lions took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth as LaMunyon, Carpenter and Almon all had RBI singles. Schmidt doubled in the sixth and scored the game’s final run on an RBI-single by Sloan.

 

Brantley Claunch (5-0) got the win for UNA, allowing no runs on two hits over one and 1/3 innings. Ben Seabrook got his 10th save of the season, pitching a scoreless seventh inning.

 

The Lions host Christian Brothers again Sunday at 1 p.m. at Mike Lane Field.

Courtesy UNA Media Relations