Florence, Ala. – The University of North Alabama used a couple of two-out rallies in the opener and combined solid pitching and defense in the nightcap to take a double-header from Alabama-Huntsville, 8-6 and 1-0 at Mike Lane Field.
The Chargers entered the day undefeated in Gulf South Conference play but couldn’t overcome the Lions’ starting pitchers – Chad Boughner and Michael Watkins. Boughner scattered 12 hits over eight and 1/3 innings in the opener to get his 28th career victory and third of the season. Watkins then pitched the second complete-game shutout of his career in game two, allowing seven hits and getting tremendous defensive support.
With the sweep, UNA is now 13-9 overall and 5-3 in the GSC. UAH falls to 19-6 and 5-2.
In the opener UNA fell behind 3-0 in the second inning but got one back in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Bradley Noland. A two-out double by Dylan Boston in the third drove in Josh Doyle to make it 3-2. The Lions then took the lead with four runs in the fourth, all coming after two outs. With two outs and no one on base, the Lions had six straight batters reach base. Josh Carpenter singled and scored on a Jake Ward triple. Ward scored on a single by Doyle, who then stole second and third bases. He scored on a Boston RBI-single. Josh Cyr, who had walked, scored on an Andrew Almon single.
UNA got an insurance run in the sixth on another Boston RBI-single to make it 7-3.
The Chargers made a run in the seventh, scoring three runs, highlighted by a two-run Cody Burton home run.
The Lions got an insurance run in the eighth as Boston singled and UNA later scored on an error.
Boughner left the game with one out and one on in the ninth and Ben Seabrook was able to Jud Sherrill to hit into a double play to end the game. Boughner is now 3-2 this season and 28-12 for his career.
In game two, the Lions scored the game’s only run in the second inning when Matthew Tittle singled and scored on a Bradley Noland double.
UNA’s defense turned a double-play to get out of a jam in the first inning. The Lions then threw out UAH runners at third and home in the fifth, before Cyr and Watkins combined on a stellar play to get Burton at first and end the inning. Doyle then made a sliding catch in right field on a line drive in the sixth.
The Lions and Chargers play a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mike Lane Field.
Courtesy UNA Media Relations