UNA baseball sweeps at West Georgia

Trey Mitchell and Johnny Hornbuckle turned in complete game pitching performances as the University of North Alabama baseball team swept a Gulf South Conference road double-header against West Georgia 11-4 and 5-0.
With the sweep UNA improves to 24-9 overall and 9-4 in the GSC. West Georgia is now 9-21 and 1-7.

Mitchell, now 7-2, was given a comfortable lead when he went to the mound in the bottom of the first inning by way of a seven-run top of the first by the Lions. Blake Stroth doubled and Josh Cyr was hit-by-pitch. Jake Sloan had an RBI single and J.P. LaMunyon singled before Dale Ricketts drove in another run with an RBI single. Jared Mothershed had a two-run single to make it 4-0. Josh Carpenter walked and Nick McGregor had an RBI single and Michael Schmidt had a two-run single. West Georgia got a single run in the fourth but UNA added a run of its own in the sixth when Mothershed singled, stole second, went to third on a throwing error and scored on a wild pitch.

West Georgia had its biggest inning of the day with a three-run seventh to make it 8-4, but UNA added three more runs down the stretch. In the eighth LaMunyon singled and later scored on an error and three straight walks forced in Carpenter, who had reached on the error, to make it 10-4. Sloan doubled in the ninth and scored on an error.

Mitchell scattered 13 hits over nine innings in recording his GSC-leading fifth complete-game of the year. He did not walk anyone and had two strikeouts. UNA had 12 hits in the game, led by Sloan with four.

In game two, Hornbuckle threw a three-hit, complete-game shutout to improve to 5-3. The Lions gave him all the offensive support he needed in the first inning as Schmidt walked, stole second and scored on a Cyr RBI single. UNA added two more runs in the second on an RBI double by Drew Parker and an RBI groundout by McGregor. McGregor doubled in another run in the fourth and the final UNA run scored in the seventh on a solo home run by Schmidt.

The Lions and Wolves will meet in the final game of the series on Sunday at noon in Carrollton.