The University of North Alabama baseball team completed a three-game sweep of the Valdosta State Blazers Sunday, downing VSU 14-4 in a game that was stopped after seven innings due to the 10-run rule. With the win UNA has now won six straight and eight of its last nine. The Lions, ranked No. 18 in the NCAA Division II, are now 21-7 overall and 6-2 in the Gulf South Conference.
The game marked the 11th time this season that UNA had scored 10 or more runs and is the eighth win for the Lions by 10 runs or more. The sweep of the Blazers was the first by a UNA team since also taking three from VSU on the road in 2005.
UNA got a run in the first inning and pushed its lead to 8-0 in the fourth. After VSU cut into the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third, the Lions added a run in the sixth and five in the seventh for a 14-2 lead. UNA starter Chad Boughner was on the verge of giving UNA its third straight complete game win in the series but left the game after allowing two runs and two addition base-runners in the bottom of the seventh. Reliever Casey Jones made his 16th appearance of the season, retiring the final batter in the seventh to end the game.
UNA's first run came in the first inning when Michael Schmidt walked, stole second and scored on a J.P. LaMunyon RBI single. The Lions seven-run assault in the fourth began when Josh Cyr singled and went to second on an error. Jared Mothershed reached on an error and Dale Ricketts followed with an RBI single. Mothershed then scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0. Josh Carpenter was hit by pitch and then stole second, and Drew Parker walked to load the bases. Nick McGregor had an RBI single and Schmidt and Blake Stroth drove in runs on ground outs. McGregor eventually scored on a wild pitch and Mothershed added an RBI single.
In the sixth Stroth singled and scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-2. Then in the seventh, Jake Sloan walked, went to second on a balk and scored on a McGregor RBI single. Stroth followed with a two-run homer to make it 12-2, LaMunyon then singled and Cyr reached on an error before Ricketts drove them both in with a two-run single.