Florence, Ala. – Capping off a streak of seven straight road games, the University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team defeated the University of North Alabama, 10-8 in Florence on Sunday afternoon to avoid the sweep.
The ninth-ranked Chargers (20-6, 6-2 GSC) pulled off a major comeback to beat the Lions (13-10, 5-4 GSC) in a high-scoring 10-8 ballgame. UAH scored nine runs in the last four innings to come away with the victory. Six multi-hit games, including five three-hit performances, helped the Blue and White salvage the series.
UNA jumped out to a four-run lead in the bottom of the first inning. UAH would answer with a run in the top of the second when Jud Sherrill hit a solo home run. UNA would score two in the bottom of the second and two in the fifth to stretch their lead to a seemingly insurmountable 8-1. Then the Charger bats came alive.
UAH scored two runs in the sixth starting with Vincent Kortbawi’s solo shot. A few batters later, Blake Massey lined a single to score Sherrill from third. The Chargers completed the comeback trail in the seventh as five runs crossed the plate.
Cody Burton led off the inning with a double and was followed two batters later by Conner McCain with a walk. Kortbawi then stepped in and roped a double to score Burton and advance McCain to third. Sherrill plated both of them when he delivered a single only a few pitches later. Chase Handley and Brad Clay then followed with singles to load the bases. Massey brought in Sherrill on a single and Austin Sanders finished off the scoring barrage with an RBI fielder’s choice to the shortstop.
Now fast forward to the top of the ninth inning. There are two outs and nobody on base when Massey lines a single. Tyrone Smith picks up the rally with another single to put runners on first and second. With only one out to work with, Burton lines a single that scores Massey to take the lead. Justin Pearson would score Smith on a single to add a little insurance to the lead, but UNA would be shut down in the bottom of the ninth.
Cody Barrett (1-1) notched his first victory of the season as he put his recent struggles behind him and threw four innings of shutout baseball. He also held the Lions to two hits and recorded three strikeouts. Wilson (2-1) was tagged with the loss, his first of the year.
UAH will now return to Charger Park this coming weekend when they welcome GSC-rival and powerhouse Delta State, the No. 2 team in the country, with the series having a major impact on how the GSC plays out down the stretch. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. for Saturday’s doubleheader, while Sunday’s single game will start at 1 p.m.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations