18th ranked Lions win again

Trey Mitchell and Johnny Hornbuckle got complete-game wins as the University of North Alabama baseball team swept a Gulf South Conference double-header from Valdosta State, 10-0 and 5-3.

The sweep runs UNA's current winning streak to five games and gives the 18th ranked Lions an overall 20-7 record and 5-2 GSC.  The two teams will meet again Sunday in a single nine-inning game, but with the sweep Saturday, the Lions have their first series win over the Blazers since taking all three games in Valdosta in 2005.

In the opening game Trey Mitchell fired his fourth complete game in seven starts and recorded his second shutout. Mitchell, 6-1, scattered eight hits, walked on and struckout six. For the season, Mitchell has allowed just nine earned runs in 51 2/3 innings of work.

UNA took the lead in the second inning and never looked back. Jake Sloan was hit by pitch and moved to second on an error before scoring on a Dale Ricketts RBI single. The Lions extended their lead to 4-0 in the fourth with five hits. Nick McGregor and Michael Schmidt both singled and Blake Stroth drove in a run with a single. Stroth later scored on a double steal attempt. The final run crossed when Josh Cyr doubled and scored on a RBI single by Sloan.

The Lions scored six more runs in the ninth to put the game out of reach. Josh Carpenter singled and scored on an RBI single by Schmidt. Stroth singled and Cyr was hit-by-pitch to load the bases. Sloan delivered a two-run double and J.P. Lamunyon and Ricketts followed with RBI singles. The final run scored on a sacrifice fly by JAred Mothershed.

The game marked the 10th time this season that UNA had scored 10 or more runs and is the seventh win for the Lions' by 10 runs or more.

UNA took a 2-0 lead in the second game with single runs in the second and third innings. Mothershed had a solo homer in the second and Drew Parker singled and scored on a error in the third. VSU tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the third but UNA answered with three more runs over the next two innings. In the fourth LaMunyon singled, stole second and later scored on an error. Schmidt then hit a solo homer in the fifth and Stroth walked and scored on a Sloan RBI single.

Hornbuckle (4-2) gave up a solo homer in the sixth but retired the Blazers in order in the seventh to get his first complete-game win in seven starts. He scattered seven hits in seven innings, walked one and struckout five.