FLORENCE -- A superb pitching performance by Mitch Handley was wasted and the University of North Alabama left 13 runners on base as the Lions dropped a 2-1 decision to Quincy in 10 innings Sunday at Mike Lane Field. The game was the final in a three-game series with Quincy and the Hawks left Florence with two wins to improve to 7-3 overall. UNA is now 9-9.
Handley started for UNA and pitched eight innings, allowing just one run on six hits with 10 strikeouts. He had a no-hitter with two outs in the fifth inning before Justin Dunning tripled and Brandon Holland followed with an RBI single for the Hawks only run through the first nine innings. UNA's run came in the second inning when Dewayne Gunn singled, moved up on an error and a sacrufice and scored on a ground-out by Andrew Almon.
UNA was out-hit seven to five in the game. Hinton (3-1) took the loss, giving up a run on one hit in two innings.Ruppel (1-0) got the win for Quincy.
UNA plays a double-header on Tuesday in Millington, Tenn., against Arkansas Tech.
UNA left the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth and neither team scored in the ninth to send it to extra inning.
In the top of the 10th, UNA reliever Patrick Hinton gave up a one-out single to Matt Scoggins. After Scoggins advanced to third with two outs, he scored the go-ahead run on a wild ptch in the dirt.
In the bottom of the tenth UNA got singles from Dewayne Gunn and Nick McGregor but Quincy reliever Trevor Ruppel got Andrew Almon to hit into a game-ending double play.