Harrogate, Tenn. – The 11th-ranked University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team bounced back to earn a split on Wednesday afternoon, winning game two 12-5 after falling hard in game one 12-1 at Hennon Field.
The Chargers (29-8-1) displayed the strong offense they have been accustomed to seeing in the second game of the doubleheader against the Railsplitters (21-21) with 14 hits, but that came after the team suffered its worst defeat of the season in game one by 11 runs.
Game 1: LMU-12 UAH-1
There wasn’t much of anything that went right for UAH in the first game, as they mustered up just seven hits and surrendered 14. They committed a pair of errors and didn’t plate their first run of the game until the seventh and final inning.
LMU scored six runs in the third inning, before eventually allowing their highest total of the season of 12. A couple of hard hit balls that found some holes and some slow infield rollers allowed LMU to maintain a rally and blow the game open.
Robbie Friedlein picked up the lone RBI for the Chargers, when his single found the outfield grass and allowed Tyrone Smith to score.
Cody Barrett (1-2) was tagged with the loss, going 2.2 inning and allowing four earned runs. LMU had four players record at least two RBIs in the game. Ricky Ray Clayton threw 2.2 innings as well, allowing four earned runs and striking out three batters.
Game 2: UAH-12 LMU-5
It was a different story for the Chargers in game two and as they broke through for 12 runs of their own and even launched three home runs. The Railsplitters also hit three long-balls as both teams took advantage of the hot conditions.
Chandler Brock rocked the first home run for UAH, as the reigning Chili’s GSC Player of the Week put one over the wall in left. Cody Burton came into score, after he was put on base after being hit by a pitch.
After the hosts responded with two runs of their own, Conner McCain roped a double down the line in the third inning bringing home Brock. Chase Handley followed with a sac fly and a Jordan Shusteric bases-loaded walk later in the inning gave UAH its third run of the inning.
Again LMU would tie the game with home runs in the third and fourth innings, but that would be all the scoring they would have in store.
Handley cranked the go-ahead home run in the fifth inning, as he finished 1 for 2 with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored. Another McCain RBI started the six-run sixth inning, which was followed by the loud Jud Sherrill three-run bomb to center. Sherrill teed up on a 3-2 fastball and sent it over the high wall in center.
Another Shusteric bases-loaded walk would score another run, before Burton connected on a sacrifice fly to right field.
Brady Ray (3-2) picked up the win going 3.0 innings and not allowing an earned run. Ray only gave up one hit and shut down what was a hot LMU lineup to seal the win.
“I’m disappointed in the way we played in the first game, but also happy with how we responded in the second game. We have a key conference series coming up this weekend so we need to be ready to go,” said Royer.
UAH will travel to West Georgia this weekend, for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday and a single game at noon on Sunday.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations