CLEVELAND, Miss. -- After dropping the opening game of a double-header 10-6, the University of North Alabama baseball team rallied for a 4-2 win in the nightcap to earn a split with Delta State.
UNA, ranked 11th nationally in the NCAA Division II, is now 12-4 overall. The Statesmen drop to 5-8 with the split.
North Alabama led the opener 6-3 in the fifth inning before the Statesmen rallied for six runs in the fifth inning and one more in the sixth for the 10-6 win.
In the nightcap, Jake Sloan pitched five solid innings for the Lions and left the game in the sixth with UNA clinging to a 3-2 lead. The Lions then added an insurance run and Joel Sessions was perfect on the mound over the last two innings to earn his second save.
J.P. LaMunyon had a tremendous day at the plate for UNA, going six-for-eight with five runs scored and two runs batted in. Josh Cyr had five hits, including his fourth homer of the season.
In the opener UNA scored two runs in the first inning but Delta State scored two of its own in the bottom of the frame. The Lions then went back on top 3-2 in the third before Delta State again tied the game in the fourth. UNA put three more runs on the board in the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run home run by Jake Sloan. The Statesmen then roughed up UNA pitchers Scott Fleming and Casey Jones for six runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Jones (1-2) took the loss for UNA, allowing four runs on four hits over one and 2/3 innings. Drew Clark started the game for UNA and went three innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Fleming pitched an inning and a third, allowing four runs on five hits.
Lamunyon was three-for-four in the game with three runs scored and a run driven in. Michael Schmidt, Cyr and Sloan added two hits each.
In the nightcap, Sloan shutout the Statesmen for five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. UNA took a 1-0 lead in the first when LaMunyon doubled and scored on a Cyr RBI single. UNA made it 3-0 in the fifth as LaMunyon singled and Cyr blasted a two-run homer. DSU rallied for two runs off Sloan in the sixth but Sessions stopped the threat, retiring all six batters that he faced. UNA got an insurance run in the seventh as Chandler Guy singled and later scored on a LaMunyon RBI double.
LaMunyon was also three-for-four in game two with two runs scored and one RBI. Cyr was three-for-three and was involved in all four UNA runs with one run scoerd and three RBI. Sloan allowed two runs on four hits over five innings. Sloan is yet to allow a run this season in seven relief appearances.