HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On a chilly March evening the UAH bats were hot as the University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team blasted Tuskegee in nonconference mid-week action, 21-3 at Charger Park Wednesday night.
The 16th-ranked Chargers (21-6, 6-3 Gulf South Conference) tied their highest run total of the season against the Tigers (6-11) in scoring 21 runs for the second time. Big nights from Justin Pearson and Tyrone Smith propelled UAH to the win as the Chargers never trailed.
After scoring a run in the bottom of the first, the Charger bats erupted in the second as five runs scored off two big home runs. Smith knocked a two-run shot over the right field fence that scored Jud Sherrill to begin the barrage. Three batters later Pearson hit a three-run bomb that plated Blake Massey and Cody Burton.
Tuskegee would feign a comeback attempt with three runs in the top of the third to chase starter Willard Bacon, but the multitude of UAH pitchers would shut the door from there. The bats added 15 more runs before the final out was recorded making the score the hefty number that it was.
Pearson had an unbelievable night at the plate as he went 4-4 with four RBIs and four runs scored. He also swiped two bases on the night. Smith finished his short night with a hit in one at-bat with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Cody Burton, Conner McCain and Robbie Friedlein each finished with a pair of RBIs in the game, while 12 players in all recorded at least a hit.
Will Hammock (1-0) notched his first career victory at UAH while Tevin Worthy got the loss for Tuskegee.
Willard Bacon got the start and went 2.1 innings with three runs allowed, with two earned. Along with Hammock, six pitchers came after Bacon. All of them held Tuskegee to a shutout, three hits and they struck out eight Tiger batters combined.
UAH will be back in action at home against No. 1-ranked Delta State in critical GSC series this weekend starting with a doubleheader on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Courtesy: UAH Media Relations