Alabama-Huntsville drops rubber game at West Georgia

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- In a contest that came down to the last play, the Alabama-Huntsville (27-18, 8-9 GSC) dropped the rubber game of the Gulf South Conference series with homestanding West Georgia (18-26, 5-12 GSC) 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Cole Park in Carrollton, Ga.

With the Chargers trailing 4-3, freshman shortstop Blake Massey (Huntsville) laced a single to right field and fellow rookie Justin Riddle (Huntsville) tried to score from second but was gunned down at the plate to end the contest.  The Chargers entered the ninth down two runs and pulled within one score earlier in the frame.  Junior right fielder Eric Deese (Tuscaloosa) ledoff the frame with a single before Riddle singled to right to put two aboard for the Chargers.  Junior left fielder Mike Love (Auburn) brought Deese home to score with a single to right but that is as close as UAH would come on the afternoon.

UAH led early scoring a run in the fourth and another in the fifth to take a 2-0 lead.  Junior center fielder Ty Chancelor (Decatur) got things going in the fourth after being hit-by-pitch, moving into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by junior first baseman Jon McKinney (Hackleburg).  Deese then brought Chancelor home with a base hit to right to give UAH the 1-0 lead.  Senior desginated hitter Jordan Parker (Hartselle) sparked the run in the fifth for the Chargers.  The veteran singled to right before senior David Reiniger (Calgary, Alberta) came on to pinch run and later scored on an RBI single by Love.

The Wolves answered right back with a three-run fifth and never trailed again in the contest and eventually tacked on an important unearned run in the sixth to secure the win.

UAH senior righty Dustin Bryant (Fyffe) took the loss on the hill for UAH.  Bryant gave up three earned runs and seven hits in seven innings of work.  The veteran fanned three Wolves and walked one before sophomore reliever Cody Barrett (Mufreesboro, Tenn.) came on to work a perfect eighth inning.

The Chargers return home next weekend hosting North Alabama in the final regular-season series of 2011 at Charger Park.