Alabama-Huntsville baseball erases six-run deficit to top Montevllo

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- It took an extra inning but the Alabama-Huntsville (13-5) baseball team erased a six-run deficit rallying to beat visiting Montevallo 7-6 in 10 innings on Tuesday afternoon at Joe Davis Stadium in Huntsville.

After spotting the Falcons five runs in the first two innings thanks to four errors on defense and another in the fifth, the Chargers came storming back with a five-run bottom of the fifth to make it a one-run contest.  A leadoff single by senior second baseman Nick Huckaby (Jamestown, Ky.) and a one-out double by senior catcher Christopher Parkman (Raleigh, Miss.) down the right-field line ended the Falcon's shutout bid as Huckaby scored.

Sophomore shortstop Zach Townley (Winfield) was then hit-by-pitch giving UAH two aboard and a wild pitch moved both runners up 90 feet. A single to short by senior right fielder Bradley Ray (Birmingham) brought both runners across the dish and cut the lead to 6-3.  Junior left fielder Corey Whittle (Cullman) drew the second beaning of the inning before junior third baseman Jordan Parker (Hartselle) moved both runners into scoring position with a groundout to second.

That set the table for senior first baseman Ryan McCrory (Mobile), who went with a pitch and delivered a 2-RBI single to center scoring both Whittle and Ray and cutting the lead to 6-5.

The one-run advantage held for Montevallo until the seventh inning when Ray ledoff the frame with a walk and moved into scoring position on a Whittle sacrifice bunt.  Parker then laced a double into the right-center gap to make tie the game as Ray came home to score.

The Chargers threatened in the bottom of the ninth as Ray got on board with a one-out single and then swiped second base to move into scoring position but was left stranded sending the game into extra innings.  The 10th inning would be the difference in the game however but the Falcons nearly escaped a major jam.

McCrory ledoff the frame with a triple to the left-center gap before senior designated hitter Jerome Dunning (Montgomery) was intentionally walked putting runners on the corner with no outs for Huckaby, who hit a dribbler back to the pulled in first baseman and no one covered giving Huckaby and infield single and loading the bases for UAH.  With the infield drawn in again, senior centerfielder Jeremy Dorrence (Decatur) hit a sharply hit ball to shortstop and Montevallo quickly turned a short-to-home-to-first double play.  With first base open, Montevallo opted to intenionally walk Parkman after he drew a 3-0 count.  That move proved to be costly as Townley drew a two-out bases-loaded walk to win the game for UAH.

Senior sidearmer Corbin Holland (Gadsden) picked up the win pitching a perfect top of the 10th.  Holland was one of seven Chargers to take the mound on Tuesday afternoon.

The Chargers open up Gulf South Conference play on Saturday hosting a doubleheader against West Alabama at Noon at Joe Davis Stadium.