Behind good pitching, solid defense and timely hitting, the Alabama-Huntsville (16-10) baseball team swept a doubleheader from visiting Lambuth (6-17) via 14-2 and 4-1 scores on Saturday afternoon at Charger Park.
Game one saw the Chargers roll to the run-rule shortened contest behind a 16-hit outburst. Junior designated hitter Jon McKinney (Hackelburg) led the way for UAH with a 3-for-4 game including four runs scored and two driven in. In all, the Chargers had six players with multiple hits in the contest.
A first-inning double by junior center fielder Ty Chancelor (Decatur) got things rolling for UAH in game one and senior third baseman Jordan Parker (Hartselle) delivered with a one-out single through the right side to plate Chancelor.
UAH held on to the 1-0 margin until the fourth when the Chargers pushed across three runs to answer back to the lone run that Lambuth pushed across earlier in the frame. A one-out walk by junior right fielder Eric Deese (Tuscaloosa) and an infield hit by junior left fielder Mike Love (Auburn) put two aboard for the Blue and White. McKinney then laced a double to left scoring Deese from second. A failed pickoff attempt made it a 3-1 lead for the Chargers as Love came home before freshman shortstop Blake Massey (Huntsville) doubled to bring home McKinney.
The Chargers punched across two more right off the bat in the fourth when Deese hit a deep fly to left that brought home freshman catcher Justin Riddle (Huntsville), who ledoff the stanza being hit-by-pitch. McKinney then provided more offense for the Chargers as the junior singled to left and then wound up on third after a falied pickoff attempt by the Eagles sailed to the right field fence. A sac fly by Whittle then brought McKinney home to make it a 7-1 Charger lead.
A two-run seventh pushed the lead to 9-2 in UAH's favor before the Chargers ended the game early with a five-run eighth invoking the 10-run rule. A three-run walkoff double by Whittle capped off the rout.
Senior righty Ryan Frevert (Liberty, Mo.) got the win in the opener tossing the first seven innings on the hill. The veteran gave up two earned runs and five hits while walking a pair and notching four strikeouts. Senior reliever Byne Gooden (Millbrook) worked a perfect eighth for the Chargers.
The nightcap saw UAH saw junior Ryan Griffin (Athens) get the start on the hill and the veteran delivered with a complete-game performance allowing an Eagle home run as Lambuth's only score. Griffin kept the Eagles off balance all day fanning seven batters and allowed only two hits while walking none to earn his third win of the season.
UAH got on the board in the first behind a one-out triple by Chancelor, who then scored on a Parker sac fly. The Chargers moved to a 2-0 lead in the second when McKinney doubled and later scored on an infield single by freshman catcher Ben Carr (Stockbridge, Ga.).
A Cable McMinn homer gave the Eagles their only offense of the game in the fourth but UAH answered back with a pair of runs in the fifth to round out the scoring. Both runs came home on a double off the fence by first baseman Grant DeBruin (Boaz) as the junior drove in his team leading 33rd and 34th RBI of the year.
Improving to 14-3 at home this season with the pair of wins, the Chargers go for the series sweep against the Eagles on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Charger Park.