HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Behind a 13-hit outburst, the Alabama-Huntsville (21-11) baseball team downed visiting Montevallo (14-16) 7-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Charger Park in Huntsville.
The Chargers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as junior shortstop Grant DeBruin (Boaz) delivered a first-inning, two-out double to score junior center fielder Ty Chancelor (Decatur), who singled and swiped second. DeBruin played a key part in UAH's second run as well as he drew a two-out walk and then stole second to move into scoring position. Back-to-back singles by freshman catcher Justin Riddle (Huntsville) and junior right fielder Eric Deese (Tuscaloosa) brought DeBruin home in the third to make it a 2-0 advantage for the Chargers.
UAH then used a three-run fifth to push the margin to five runs as DeBruin sparked things again with a one-out double. Riddle notched his second hit of the afternoon to bring DeBruin home before Deese singled and junior first baseman Jon McKinney (Hackelburg) drew a hit-by-pitch to load the bases. Junior left fielder Mike Love (Auburn) drew a walk with the bases jammed to make it a 4-0 contest prior to a David Reiniger (Calgary, Alberta) groundout that brought Deese home to score.
Montevallo ended the Chargers shutout hopes in the top of the sixth as Josh Dabbs launched a home run over the right field fence that bounced off the scoreboard to make it a 5-1 game. UAH added a pair of insurance measures in the seventh inning as Love singled to right to bring home Riddle and Deese, who had both reached earlier in the stanza. Dabbs then launched a second blast in the eighth inning to almost exactly the same spot as his first home run, but that is as close as the Falcons would come.
Senior righty Lance Gibson (Toxey) got the start on the bump for UAH throwing the first four and one-thirds innings leaving too early to get a decision despite a solid effort. The veteran scattered four hits, gave up a pair of walks and fanned five batters on the afternoon. Freshman southpaw Drew Eiland (Auburn) earned his first collegiate win in relief of Gibson. The newcomer tossed one and two-thirds innings allowing one of Dabbs' home runs and one other hit. Sophomore reliever Cody Barrett (Mufreesboro, Tenn.) and senior Byne Gooden (Millbrook) also saw action for the Chargers and played a key part in keeping the lead for UAH.
The Chargers are idle this weekend and play next at Faulkner on Tuesday night in Montgomery.