Huntsville, Ala. – The 24th-ranked UAH baseball team registered a split against Lincoln Memorial Wednesday afternoon at Charger Park. UAH stays at nine games above .500 with a 20-11 record while LMU moves to 20-11-1 on the year.
Ben Hall led the offense with three hits and four RBI combined, including his third home run of the season in the first stanza.
GAME 1: UAH-11 LMU-7
Codey Paulson notched his second win of the season to improve to 2-0 on the year. The right-handed hurler gave up four earned runs while striking out three batters. Teammates Charlie Weaver and Edwin Reyes came on to pitch the final inning of relief.
The Chargers got on the board first in the bottom of the second with three runs to take the 3-0 lead when Justin Riddle singled to score Blake Massey all the way from second following a Massey single. Chandler then doubled down the right field line to bring in Massey and Cody Burton, who got on base in the previous at bat.
UAH went on to score on a wild pitch in the next inning to stretch the lead to four; however, Lincoln Memorial’s Colin Buckner belted a three-run shot to cut the lead to one, 4-3, in the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Chargers answered with three runs of their own on three hits thanks to Burton’s hustle on a bunt that led to Hall’s single and Barnes’ double en route to take a 7-3 lead.
Following another Railsplitter home run in the sixth to narrow the gap to three, UAH capitalized on a throwing error to score two runs to widen the lead to five before Lawing singled and Massey’s eighth home run of the year provided the Blue and White with the 11-4 lead.
LMU scored three runs in the top of the seventh to make things interesting by cutting the UAH lead down to four, 11-7. Reyes ended the comeback with a strikeout to secure the victory.
GAME 2: LMU-8 UAH-5 F/8
UAH started fast in the first inning with two runs after Hall grounded out to score Brock and a Chris Brown walk with the bases loaded gave the Chargers the 2-0 advantage while also capitalizing on two errors during the frame.
In the ensuing inning, Hall belted a solo-jack to right center to stretch the lead to three before LMU cut the lead with a balk and a single to center in the top of the third.
The Chargers would tack on a run once Conner McCain slapped down a bunt to score Brandon Lawing and give UAH the two-run lead of 4-2. Lincoln Memorial eventually tied the contest with two runs in the fourth just before both teams traded a pair of runs to go into extra innings squared at five.
LMU recorded three runs in the top of the eighth to go up by three after they tied the game with two outs in the top of the seventh. In the final at bat, Hall gave the Chargers some life with a single to right, however, the next two batters for UAH went down swinging to give LMU the win.
Jonathan Lowe and Josh Coker did most of the damage for the visitors, finishing with a combined seven hits and four RBI.
The Chargers will return to the diamond this weekend for a three-game home series against rival North Alabama as first pitch is set for 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Courtesy: UAH Media