HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Already seven games into its 2012 campaign, the University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team (2-5) is set play its home opener as the Chargers welcome Martin Methodist (2-5) on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The two teams will play a single game at Charger Park with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. CST.
The matchup is the first game of a two-game, home-and-home series between the two programs. UAH and Martin Methodist will meet again on Wednesday, April 4, at 4 p.m. CST at Sam Davis Park in Pulaski, Tenn. to conclude the season series.
UAH enters the weekend after dropping a four-game series to Lynn in Boca Raton, Fla., including falling in two of the contests on walk-offs. The Chargers were led on the weekend by a historical performance from senior Grant DeBruin.
DeBruin batted 8-for-15 (.533) on the weekend with two home runs, a double, a triple and six RBI while boasting a 1.133 slugging percentage. The Boaz, Ala., native blasted two, two-run homers in back-to-back contests, and he also made school history in game three of the series, hitting for the cycle – the first documented cycle in UAH history. His two-run blast tied the final game in the series, 9-9, but the Chargers fell in first extra-inning.
Martin Methodist is led by Rob Holley at the plate who is hitting .381 while posting a .476 slugging percentage, scoring five runs with eight hits and two doubles. As a team, the RedHawks are hitting just .214 with two home runs and have been outscored 30-18 this season.
Historically, UAH is 13-3 in home openers and has claimed its last three home openers. The Chargers faced Martin Methodist in a home opener just once before in 2004, winning the contest 2-0.
UAH leads the all-time series between the two programs by a significant 16-4 margin and has emerged victorious in the last five meetings, outscoring the RedHawks 53-31 in those contests. Martin Methodist last defeated UAH on Feb. 7, 2007 in Pulaski, Tenn., by a score of 5-1.
After this weekend, UAH returns to the road as the Chargers travel to Searcy, Ark., to face former GSC member Harding in a four-game series by way of two doubleheaders. The games will take place on Feb. 18-19 with first pitch being thrown at Jerry Moore Field on Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. CST while the Feb. 19 games will start at 2 p.m. CST.
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