Lions Eliminated From GSC Baseball Tournament
Josh Branstetter threw a four-hit shutout for Delta State as the Statesmen picked up a 4-0 win and eliminated North Alabama in the semifinals of the Gulf South Conference Baseball Tournament at State Mutual Stadium.
UNA, now 39-16, had battled back from an opening round loss in the tournament to win three straight games and reach the semifinal contest with Delta State. But the Lions had nothing left on Tuesday and were shutout for the first time in 92 games as they managed just six total base-runners.
Delta State advances to face Alabama-Huntsville in the GSC Championship Game.
UNA starter Chad Boughner (10-4), pitching on just three days rest, gave a valiant effort, pitching seven innings. He allowed four runs on two hits with one walk and one strikeout.
Delta State got a run in the first inning and two more in the third, all coming on two out hits by Jon Carnahan. DSU’s Brent Langston also added a solo home run.
Branstetter pitched a complete game for the Statesmen, allowing just four hits and no walks over nine innings with six strikeouts.
UNA now awaits word if it will advance to the NCAA Division II South Regional Tournament for the second straight season. The Lions made their first regional appearance in 12 years in 2011 and look to be a lock for back-to-back appearances. UNA entered the conference tournament tied for fourth in the regional rankins, with the top eight teams advancing.
Courtesy UNA Media Relations