HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- It took an inning or so to get used to the new digs but the Alabama-Huntsville (23-13) baseball team opened Charger Park on the UAH campus with a 15-4 run-rule romp of Miles (22-17) on Wednesday afternoon in Huntsville.
The Golden Bears looked strong out of the gate pushing across four runs on UAH junior starter Dustin Bryant (Fyffe) but the righty settled in from that point and allowed only three hits in the final four innings he worked to pick up the win. Bryant went five full innings improving to 6-2 on the season and notched six strikeouts.
UAH put a run on the board in the first on a sacrifice fly by senior first baseman Ryan McCrory (Mobile) that plated junior second baseman Corey Whittle (Cullman), who ledoff the game with a single, swiped second and moved to third on a groundout.
The Chargers cut the lead to 4-3 in the second stringing together three hits and cashing in on a Golden Bears' error. Senior centerfielder Jeremy Dorrence (Decatur) and Whittle delivered one-out singles to get the rally going before senior third baseman Nick Huckaby (Jamestown, Ky.) reached on an error that brought two runs home.
The fourth inning saw a couple of firsts at Charger Park for UAH as the Blue and White took their first lead when senior right fielder Jerome Dunning (Montgomery) hit the first home run in the new ballpark scoring himself and senior designated hitter Josh Bolan (Decatur), who ledoff the frame with a single.
UAH stretched the lead by two more runs in the fifth when McCrory hit the second long ball of the afternoon with his rocket clearing the scoreboard in right centerfield to give UAH a 7-4 lead. The Chargers then batted around in the bottom of the sixth plating eight runs in the frame to round out the scoring and push the lead past the 10-run limit.
On the mound, the Chargers also got a perfect inning by senior Jacob Wray (Hartselle) in the sixth before junior Jake Tubbs (Childerburg) and Joe Dunlap (Campbellsville) worked the seventh to close out the contest.
The Chargers host their first conference series on the UAH campus this weekend hosting West Georgia on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's contest has been moved to a Noon first pitch due to darkness concerns with a chance of overcast skies. Sunday's contest remains scheduled for 1 p.m.