CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The University of North Alabama stayed alive in the 2013 Gulf South Conference Baseball Tournament Friday with a 10-5 loser’s bracket win over Christian Brothers at AT&T Field.
UNA, now 1-1 in the double-elimination tournament, advances to face West Georgia on Saturday at 10 a.m. The Lions are 28-20-1 overall, while West Georgia is 25-23.
The Lions wasted little time taking control of the game, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning, then adding two more in the second, one in the third, one in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Jake Ward got a leadoff single and advanced to second on an error. Josh Doyle followed with a single and stole second base. Josh Cyr then doubled in two runs. Josh Carpenter singled in Cyr to make it 3-0. CBU got a run of its own in the bottom of the first but UNA answered with two more in the second. Bradley Noland got a leadoff single and scored when a fly ball by Thomas Lundborg was misplayed in left field. Josh Doyle then drove in another run on a fielder’s choice.
CBU made it 5-2 with a run in the bottom of the second but UNA got that run back in the top of the third when Dylan Boston doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mathew Tittle.
Christian Brothers got another single run in the fourth to close the gap to 6-3 before UNA had another three-run inning in the sixth. Andrew Almon ledoff with a single and scored on a Doyle RBI-single. Cyr was hit-by-pitch and then Boston and Carpenter followed with RBI singles to make it 10-3.
Michael Watkins (7-5) got the win for UNA, allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits over seven complete innings. He walked four and struckout two. Ben Seabrook pitched two innings of relief, allowing two runs in the ninth before finally working out of a bases loaded jam.
Cyr was hit-by-pitch twice in the game, moving into fifth place in NCAA Division II history with 71. He also moved into fourth place in career putouts in Division II, passing Tino Martinez with 1,443.
Courtesy: UNA Media Relations