Huntsville, Ala - The 12th-ranked University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team defeated Trevecca Nazarene 16-9 in a high-scoring affair on Wednesday evening at Charger Park. The victory pushes the Chargers to 19-7 on the season while TNU slips to 16-5.
With the win, UAH is 11-3 at home this season and winners of seven of its previous eight contests.
Codey Paulson picked up the win on the mound in his first start of the season while putting in four innings of work, allowing only four hits and an earned run. The bullpen work of Brent Elder, Logan Crook, Mitchell Wright, Jacob Croft and Charlie Weaver would pitch the final five innings.
Offensively, the Chargers notched a season-high of 21 hits and the 16 runs marks the sixth time this season UAH has scored 10 or more runs.
Chase Handley led the offense as the third basemen went 4-for-5 from the plate and four RBI, and Chandler Brock contributed to the victory with a season-best four RBI as well to go along with two hits. Ben Hall improved his hitting streak to seven with two hits and driving home three runners.
The Chargers answered the run scored by the Trojans in the first with three runs of their own in the bottom of the second as Handley sent a two-RBI double to right center with the bases loaded following a single by Blake Massey to begin the inning and Austin Sanders tallying one of his three hits before Colton Simbeck drew a walk. In the ensuing at bat, Brock singled to third to bring in Simbeck to give UAH the 3-0 lead.
UAH kept the offense going in the third frame with three home runs as Massey sent a solo shot to left field for his team-leading seventh home run of the season before Simbeck belted a 2-run bomb just after Sanders singled to right field. The Chargers went yard one more time when Handley went deep for his second home run of the season. UAH stretched the lead to seven, 8-1, when Hall sent a single to right field to score Brock all the way from second base.
Trevecca Nazarene would make things interesting late in the contest with six runs in the top of the sixth thanks to three hits and an error. TNU would cut the lead to just one run after scoring a run in the top of the seventh and eighth.
With the potential go-ahead run on second with two outs, Weaver picked up a huge strikeout to keep the one-run lead for UAH heading into the eighth frame.
A six-run eighth inning would give the Chargers a commanding 16-9 lead thanks to a string of four consecutive at bats where UAH scored, including Hall's two-RBI single that brought in Handley and Burton.
The Chargers will return to the diamond when they head to Cleveland, Miss., this weekend for another important GSC series against No. 18 Delta State as first pitch is set for 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Courtesy: UAH Media