Playing their sixth straight game against a nationally ranked team, the University of North Alabama Lions used a seven-run second inning to down Auburn-Montgomery 11-5 at Mike Lane Field.
UNA, ranked No. 5 in the NCAA Division II, improved to 19-6 overall with the win over the No. 13 ranked team in the NAIA.
Andrew Hillis was solid on the mound for the Lions, allowing just one run on five hits over seven innings. He walked two and struckout four in improving to 2-1 on the season. Jacob Westerhouse came on in relief but was roughed up for four runs on five hits in one inning of work. Ben Seabrook then pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Lions got all the runs they needed in the second inning off a six-hit outburst. UNA got three straight singles from Josh Carpenter, Jordan Gurley and Andrew Almon to load the bases with no outs. Darrmal Moore had a two-run double, then Michael Schmidt walked to reload the bases. J.P. LaMunyon singled in a run and another scored on an error to make it 4-0. Josh Cyr then blasted his fourth home run of the year, a three-run blast to make it 7-0.
AUM's Hunter Cross hit a solo homer, the only run Hillis would allow, in the fourth.
In the bottom of the seventh UNA added four more runs. Carpenter and Jake Sloan reached on errors. Almon drove in a run on a ground-out, then Lendon Ehlmann doubled in a run to make it 9-1. A two-run homer by Schmidt closed out the inning.
Westerhouse came on in the eighth and recorded one out before allowing five consecutive hits. He finally worked out of the jam but not before AUM closed the gap to 11-5.
The win was UNA's second of the season over AUM. The Lions will now play their first Gulf South Conference road series of the season this Saturday and Sunday at West Georgia. UNA has played 22 of its first 25 games at home.
Courtesy UNA Media Relations