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Pensacola, Fla. – Cade Medley pitched eight strong innings and the University of North Alabama got three insurance runs in the ninth as the Lions held on for a 6-4 win over sixth ranked West Florida in the series finale. UNA saw late inning leads slip away in both games of a double-header on Saturday and held a 6-2 lead in the ninth of Sunday’s game before allowing two runs.
With the win, UNA is now 14-13 overall and 5-6 in Gulf South Conference play. West Florida is 23-6 and 8-4.
Medley shutout the Argonauts for six innings and UNA took a 3-0 lead with two runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth. Brian Noland doubled in two runs in the fourth and Andrew Almon drove in the run in the fifth on a fielder’s choice. Medley gave up single runs in the seventh and eighth innings as UWF cut the lead to 3-2, but UNA added three runs in the yop of the ninth. Josh Carpenter singled and later scored on a wild pitch. Dylan Boston and Matthew Tittle then drove in runs with sacrifice flies.
Ben Seabrook came on to pitch for Medley in the ninth but could retire just one of the four batters he faced, walking two and allowing a single. Brantley Claunch came on and hit the first batter he faced to force in a run. Another run scored on a fielder’s choice before Claunch struckout Drew Prichard to end the game.
Medley (3-2) got the win, allowing just two runs on six hits in eight innings. Crapenter led UNA offensively with three hits, while Jake Ward and Almon had two each.
Courtesy UNA Media Relations