HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The Alabama-Huntsville (20-10) baseball team got off to a roaring start but tapered off to split a doubleheader with visiting Lambuth (27-9) taking game one 10-3 before falling 9-2 in the nightcap on Friday afternoon at Huntsville's Joe Davis Stadium.
The Chargers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard plating three runs in the first inning of the opening game of the series. Junior left fielder Corey Whittle (Cullman) and junior third baseman Jordan Parker (Hartselle) ledoff the bottom of the frame with back-to-back singles to put runners on the corner. Senior first baseman Ryan McCrory (Mobile) lofted a deep fly ball that brought Whittle across the plate. A triple to right by senior right fielder Bradley Ray (Birmingham) brought Parker home to score before coming in himself on a single to right be senior second baseman Nick Huckaby (Jamestown, Ky.)
UAH padded the lead in the bottom the second with a five-run stanza. Whittle and Parker got things going again with another pair of singles setting the stage for McCrory, who singled through the left side to make it a 4-0 game as Whittle scored. A single to right by Ray brought two more runs home as Parker and McCrory came in. Huckaby then reached on an error giving the Chargers two aboard for senior designated hitter Jerome Dunning (Montgomery), who delivered a single to right. Senior catcher Christopher Parkman (Raleigh, Miss.) then made it an 8-0 lead with the fifth hit of the inning that scored Huckaby.
The Eagles cut into the lead with a three-run fifth but UAH pushed the lead back to a seven-run margin with a two-run sixth. Three straight walks by Parker, McCrory, and Ray loaded the bases for Huckaby, singled to left for his third RBI of the contest. Dunning drove in the final run of the game when he grounded into a double play.
Junior southpaw Ryan Frevert (Liberty, Mo.) got the win on the hill going four and one-third innings in the seven-inning contest. Frevert allowed three earned runs and seven hits along with issuing four base-on-balls and notching a pair of strikeouts. Senior Taylor Scott (Franklin, Tenn.) picked up a save in relief coming on with the bases loaded and a 8-3 margin in the top of the fifth. Scott worked a perfect final two and two-thirds innings including a pair of K's.
Game two saw the Eagles come out roaring a pair of runs in the first on a home run by Bart White and then added a third run in the top of the second to take an early 3-0 lead. UAH countered with a two-run bottom of the third but that is as close as the Chargers would come as Parker and McCrory each drove in a run.
Lambuth tacked on a run in the sixth and five in the seventh. Junior starter Lance Gibson (Toxey) took the loss giving up three runs and four hits along with three walks and two strikeouts.
The Chargers are slated to play their final contest of the season at Joe Davis Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m. in game three of the series against Lambuth.