FLORENCE -- Drew Clark pitched six strong innings and the Lions picked up 11 hits in the nightcap as the University of North Alabama salvaged a split in a double-header with Montevallo. UNA dropped the opener 6-1 but rallied for a 9-3 win in the second game.With the split, UNA is now 6-4 overall, while Montevallo is 6-8.
In the opener UNA took a 1-0 lead in the first inning but couldn't manage any more offense. The Falcons used 11 hits and three UNA errors to put six runs on the board. Montevallo got three runs in the third inning and three more in the fifth, all off North Alabama starter Will Rankin. Rankin (0-2) took the loss, giving up six runs on 10 hits in five innings.Ross Parker and Blake Stroth led UNA with two hits each.
In the second game UNA broke the game open with a five-run second inning, then added three more in the third and one in the fifth, Freshman Josh Cyr opened the scoring for UNA with a solo home run blast to leftfield. It was UNA's first homer of the season in 10 games. The Lions used four hits, a walk and two Montevallo errors to plate the five runs in the second. Only three of UNA's nine runs were earned as the Falcons made three errors.
Drew Clark (1-1) got the win for UNA, allowing two runs on three hits in six innings. Neil Brown pitched a scoreless ninth.