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Alabama-Huntsville baseball takes rubber game

LIVINGSTON, Ala. -- Behind a late inning rally, the Alabama-Huntsville (20-11, 5-3 GSC) baseball team won the three-game series against West Alabama (15-10, 2-3 GSC) with a 5-4 victory on Sunday afternoon in Livingston.

The Chargers wasted no time getting on the board pushing across a pair of runs in the top of the first courtesy of two Tiger errors.  Senior second baseman Corey Whittle (Cullman) reached on an error to leadoff the contest before junior center fielder Ty Chancelor (Decatur) drew a walk to get the rally started.  Junior first baseman Grant DeBruin (Boaz) then loaded the bases for the Blue and White as he reached on the second miscue of the inning.  A single to center by freshman catcher Justin Riddle (Huntsville) would bring Whittle and Chancelor across the dish and give the Chargers an early 2-0 advantage.

West Alabama answered right back in the bottom of the first with a three-hit inning to manufacture a run and make it a 2-1 contest but UAH pushed the lead back to two runs in the fourth inning when junior left fielder Mike Love (Auburn) launched his third long ball of the season.

The Tigers took advantage of a UAH error in the seventh to draw even with a two-run frame to make it 3-3 with two unearned runs but the Chargers answered right back in the top of the eighth with a pair of runs to go back up by two.  Four Tiger walks led to the first run in the eighth as freshman shortstop Blake Massey (Huntsville) drew a free pass with the bases loaded to bring home Riddle and earn the easy RBI.  Chancelor then drove in the second run of the inning and eventual game-winner with a groundout to short that scored junior designated hitter Jon McKinney (Hackelburg).

UWA pulled back within a run in the eighth taking advantage of another UAH defensive miscue but that is as close as the Tigers would get as the Chargers held on for the 5-4 win.

A day after taking a loss to the Tigers, junior reliever David Kendrick (Pell City) bounced right back and picked up the win allowing one unearned run in one and one-thirds innings pitched.  Kendrick allowed only one hit in relief of senior starter Dustin Bryant (Fyffe), who tossed the first six and two-thirds innings.  Sophomore Cody Barrett (Mufreesboro, Tenn.) worked one out in the ninth before senior Eric Parker (Priceville) notched a save getting the final two outs.

The Chargers return home to Charger Park on Wednesday hosting Peach Belt Conference foe Montevallo at 2 p.m.

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