Boughner Near Perfect In UNA Win

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Chad Boughner came within one strike of a perfect game in leading the University of North Alabama to a 12-0 Gulf South Conference road win over West Georgia. Boughner, now 4-2, retired the first 20 batters he faced and had a one ball, two strike count on Evan Hester with two outs in the bottom of the seventh before he singled to right center. The Wolves got another single before Boughner closed out the game with a two-hit shutout.

With the win UNA claims the GSC series over the Wolves, taking two out of three. The Lions are now 21-7 overall and are tied atop the GSC standings with the Wolves at 6-3.

A two-time GSC Pitcher of the Week honoree already in 2012, Boughner struckout six in the game and got back-to-back stellar defensive plays in the seventh from teammates Michael Schmidt and Josh Carpenter to keep the perfect game in tact, prior to Hester’s hit.

UNA out-hit West Georgia 16-to-2 and all nine North Alabama starters had at least one hit. Carpenter led the Lions at the plate with three hits.

UNA scored two runs in the second inning and added one in the third, two in the fourth and seven in the fifth.

In the second inning, Joch Cyr singled and scored on a double by Andrew Almon. Almon then scored on an RBI single by Darrmal Moore. In the third Cyr walked and later scored on an RBI single by Carpenter. The Lions two runs in the fourth came on a Drew Parker double, an RBI double by Schmidt and an RBI single by Doyle.

UNA scored seven runs on six hits and two errors in the fifth. Parker had an RBI double and Moore had a two-run single. Schmidt and Sloan followed with RBI singles and Cyr had a two-run home run.

The Lions host Arkansas Tech on Tuesday at 2 p.m. and have added a road game on March 24 at Tennessee Wesleyan.

Courtesy UNA Media Relations

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