Livingston, Ala. - Cade Medley pitched seven strong innings and handed a 2-1 lead over to the University of North Alabama bullpen but the Lions relief pitching couldn’t hold it, giving up six runs in the eighth as UNA dropped a 7-2 decision at West Alabama.
With the loss UNA is now 20-16 overall and 10-8 in the Gulf South Conference. UNA has lost five GSC games where the Lions led in the sixth inning or later.
In the three game series at West Alabama, UNA’s starting pitching rotation of Chad Boughner, Michael Watkins and Cade Medley threw a combined 23 and 2/3 innings and allowed just three runs on 16 hits. The UNA bullpen pitched just two innings and gave up eight runs on six hits. The only game the Lions won in the series was a complete-game thrown by Watkins in game two.
In Sunday’s game, West Alabama got a run in the bottom of the first and that would prove to be the only run of the game until the seventh inning. Dylan Boston got a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second. He then scored when Mathew Tittle reached on an error. Lundborg later scored on an RBI-single by Josh Carpenter. Medley held the Tigers scoreless in the bottom of the seventh and then left with game, allowing just one run on six hits in seven full innings. He walked three and struckout nine.
Disaster started quickly for the Lions in the bottom of the eighth as Eric Wilson gave up a leadoff single, hit the next batter and then made a fielding error to load the bases with no outs. Ben Seabrook then came on in relief of Wilson but gave up a two-run single to Josh Podoris that gave UWA a 3-2 lead. UNA got one out on a fielder’s choice and another run scored on an error to make it 4-2. Seabrook then gave up two more run-scoring singles as West Alabama pushed it lead to 7-2.
Wilson (2-2) took the loss for UNA, allowing three runs on one hit without recording an out. Seabrook was responsible for three runs on three hits in one inning pitched.
UNA hot two runners on in the top of the ninth but could not score.
North Alabama hosts Auburn-Montgomery on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Courtesy UNA Media Relations