The University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team led 5-2 late in game three against No. 28 Valdosta State but the Chargers couldn’t hold off the rallying Blazers as VSU came out on top 7-6 Sunday at Billy Grant Field.
Despite the loss, the Chargers swept VSU in Saturday’s doubleheader to claim its first series victory over the Blazers since the 2003 season, and first series win in Valdosta since 2000.
UAH (24-19, 13-8 GSC) collected 13 hits in the final game of the series to outhit VSU. Justin Pearson and Justin Riddle finished 3-for-4 to lead the Chargers’ attack, while Ty Chancelor and Vincent Kortbawi both went 2-for-4 to notch a multi-hit game as well.
Chargers’ reliever Cody Barrett (4-4) took the loss, allowing one run on two hits with one walks and a strikeout in 1.0 inning. UAH starting pitcher David Kendrick lasted 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks while fanning five batters. VSU (21-14, 11-6 GSC) reliever Zach John improved to 3-1 after allowing two runs – one earned – on six hits, no walks and three strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work. The Blazers’ starter Spencer Butler allowed four runs on six hits, one walk and three strikeouts before being pulled with one out in the fifth inning.
Trailing 2-0 after three innings, UAH exploded for five runs in the top of the fifth frame to take a 5-2 advantage over the Blazers. Justin Pearson was responsible for three of the runs in the inning after hitting a two-RBI double and stealing home later in the frame.
VSU’s relief pitcher Steven Groves helped his cause with the bases loaded in the sixth, slapping a two-RBI single up the middle to cut the deficit to 5-4. Leading off in the seventh, the Blazers’ regained the lead with back-to-back solo home runs by Marc Overstreet and Christian Glisson, going up 6-5 on the scoreboard.
Chandler Brock legged out a one-out double in the eighth, and then scored as Justin Riddle singled into left field which knotted the contest at 6-6. Unfortunately, VSU answered with a leadoff double, sac bunt and another double to take the final lead of the game en route to the Blazers’ 7-6 victory.
UAH now returns home for a five-game homestand to close out the regular season. The Chargers first welcome Alabama A&M to Charger Park on April 17 for a single game contest set to begin at 6 p.m. CDT.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations