Alabama-Huntsville baseball drops rubber game at Valdosta State

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Taking the field in Sunday's rubber game of the series with No. 22 Valdosta State, the Alabama-Huntsville (16-8, 3-3 GSC) scored first, but fell 11-7 in a Gulf South Conference contest to the Blazers at Billy Grant Field in Valdosta, Ga.

UAH drew first blood when the Chargers got a two-out rally going as senior first baseman Ryan McCrory (Mobile) was hit-by-pitch before senior second baseman Nick Huckaby (Jamestown, Ky.) and senior centerfielder Jeremy Dorrence (Decatur) walked.  A double to left center by senior designated hitter Jerome Dunning (Montgomery) brought all three runners home before Dunning came home himself on a single back up the middle by senior catcher Christopher Parkman (Raleigh, Miss.).

The lead was short-lived however as the Blazers used five hits and a crucial UAH error to push across six runs in the bottom of the second and take a 6-4 lead.  The score held with a two-run margin for the Blazers until the fifth when VSU hit a pair of home runs, the second of which came with two outs after yet another Charger error extended the inning.

The Blazers rounded out their scoring in the seventh with another unearned run before the Chargers mounted and eighth-inning comeback.  Back-to-back doubles by seniors Josh Bolan (Decatur) and Bradley Ray (Birmingham) got the rally going scoring the first run of the frame.  McCrory would then drive in a pair scoring Ray and junior left fielder Corey Whittle (Cullman), who had drawn a hit-by-pitch earlier in the inning.  That would be as close as UAH would get however as the Blazers got out of the jam with a double play.

Junior righty Dustin Bryan (Fyffe) took the loss on the hill giving up six runs in the first two innings.  Freshman Cody Barrett (Mufreesboro, Tenn.), juniors Jake Tubbs (Childersburg) and Byne Gooden (Millbrook) worked in relief.

The Chargers step out of conference action this week with a game at Montevallo on Tuesday followed by a home series against Oakland City next weekend.