Alabama-Huntsville baseball drops pair at West Florida

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Returning to Gulf South Conference action for the first time in three weeks, the Alabama-Huntsville (22-12, 3-5 GSC) dropped both ends of a Saturday afternoon doubleheader to homestanding West Florida falling 4-3 in game one and 10-1 in the nightcap at Jim Spooner Field.

West Florida wasted little time jumping out in front in the opener with a pair of runs behind a trio of hits.  The Chargers cut the lead in half two innings later with a lone tally in the third inning.  Sophomore shortstop Corey Trapp (Russelville) delivered a one-out double down the right-field line and later scored thanks to an Argonaut error.

The Argonauts stretched the lead back to two runs with a score in the eighth but the Chargers battled back in the ninth to tie the contest at three.  A leadoff base knock by senior catcher Christopher Parkman (Raleigh, Miss.) brought the tying run to the plate for senior pinch hitter Josh Bolan (Decatur), who blasted his second home run of the year.

The tie was short-lived however, as the Argonauts pushed across a tally in the bottom of the ninth for the win.

Junior southpaw Ryan Frevert (Liberty, Mo.) started on the mound going a strong seven and one-thirds innings giving up three earned runs on 10 UWF hits.  Juniors Lance Gibson (Toxey) and Dan Lazzaroni (Roswell, Ga.) along with senior Shawn Herring (Florence) worked in relief.

Game two saw UWF's Daniel Vargas-Vila handcuff the Charger offense limiting UAH to one earned run on only four hits.  The Argos plated one run in the first and four in the third before exploding for five in the fifth.  The Chargers lone run came in the sixth when senior first baseman Ryan McCrory (Mobile) launched his 11th home run of the season.

The Chargers and Argonauts hit the field again on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the series finale.