HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Aided by three strong pitching performances, the University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team took the first two games of the series over Union University on Saturday afternoon, 3-1 and 5-2 at Charger Park.
The fourth-ranked Chargers (27-7-1, 11-2-1) have predominantly been picking up wins by putting up big offensive numbers. That was not the case against Union (7-23, 2-14) however, as instead UAH used three strong pitching performances from Andrew Busby, Codey Paulson and Dana Wright.
Game 1: UAH-3 Union-1
The reigning South Region Pitcher of the Week Andrew Busby picked up right where he left last weekend, throwing seven strong innings, while allowing just one earned run late in the game. Busby moved his record to 5-1 on the season and only needed four punch outs to do so.
The senior held a struggling Union offense to just six hits, before leaving Paulson to close the door. Paulson came on after the first batter in the eighth inning roped a double to right center. The junior came on and shut the Bulldogs down from there, not surrendering a hit the rest of the way en route to his first save of the season.
Chandler Brock opened up the scoring in the first inning, when he lined one back up the middle to plate Cody Burton. Conner McCain later drove in Brock with a single of his own, giving UAH an early 2-0 lead after just an inning played. Brock finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a stolen base, while Burton also went 2-for-4 as just three players recorded multi-hit games.
Jud Sherrill would score Brock in the fifth inning, when he chopped one to short and gave the Union defense no play at home. Sherrill finished 2-for-4 in the game with an unlikely pair of steals.
Game 2: UAH-5 Union-2
Dana Wright stole the show in game two, throwing a complete game and picking up his third win of the season. Wright struck a career-high 10 batters and allowed just three hits in his strong seven innings of work.
Brock picked up where he left in game one right away in game two, crushing an RBI-triple to the wall in left field. That gave UAH another early lead, but Union responded with their only runs of the game in the third inning.
Chase Handley picked up his lone RBI of the day in the fourth inning when his infield single scored Vincent Kortbawi to tie the game at 2-2. Then with the bases loaded,Blake Massey executed a perfect sacrifice fly, driving one to center to score Conner McCain and give the Chargers the lead they would not relinquish. That would be all the damage UAH could muster in the inning.
The Chargers added some insurance in the sixth inning, when Massey recorded RBI number two in the game. Massey slapped one through the hole on the left side, allowing pinch-runner Houston Looser to score the fourth run of the game for UAH. Massey would score later in the inning when a wild pitch went to the backstop and pushed the lead up to the final score of 5-2.
UAH will go for their second-consecutive GSC sweep tomorrow in game three of the series. First pitch as 1 p.m.
Courtesy: UAH Media Relations