CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Falling in extra innings after a walk-off home run, the University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team was eliminated from the 2013 Gulf South Conference Tournament on Friday morning suffering a 4-1 loss to West Florida.
The Chargers (33-15-1) battled the Argos (35-11) until the 11th inning, when Kaleb Barlow launched a three-run home run into the wind and over the left field wall to eliminate UAH and move West Florida on in the loser’s bracket of the tournament.
Dana Wright turned in an outstanding performance by going 10.0 innings and not allowing an earned run. The lone run of the game came after an error allowed a base runner in the very first inning. Wright struck out six batters on 126 pitches and did all he could to avoid being sent home early.
Both teams scored in the first inning, then went nine scoreless innings until West Florida hit the home run. Justin Pearson hit a lead-off solo home run on the second pitch of the ballgame, but it turned out to be the only run of the game for the Chargers.
The offense simply could not come through with runners on base and with opportunities to move runners up. It’s been a familiar sighting over the past few weeks for UAH, as the pitching has been dominant and the offense has been quiet.
Brandon Lawing turned in a 3 for 5 performance at the plate, but to no avail. Lawing was left stranded at third base in the seventh inning after he led off with a double and moved to third on the sacrifice, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the scoring chance.
Luke Mould was tagged with loss, after allowing two runners on then giving up the walk-off home run.
The Chargers, who checked in at No. 4 this week in the NCAA South Regional rankings, will now have to wait to see if their name gets called on May 12 in the selection show.
It will be a long nine days before their fate is decided, especially for the seven UAH seniors who have done their part to put UAH into the postseason.
Courtesy: UAH Media Relations