SEARCY, Ark. – Senior Ty Chancelor finished the day 4-for-6, but it wasn't enough as the University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team dropped two more games in a doubleheader against No. 28 Harding on Monday afternoon at Jerry Moore Field. With the losses, the Chargers fall to 2-10 on the season while the Bisons improve to an early unblemished 6-0 mark on the year.
Playing back-to-back scheduled seven inning games, UAH fell by a score of 2-1 on a walk-off run – the walk-off is the fourth this season for the Chargers – before Harding returned to take game two, 4-1.
UAH will now return home for eight consecutive games at Charger Park. The Chargers begin the homestand by welcoming Stillman for a three-game series on Feb. 25-26. First pitch on Saturday, which will be a doubleheader, is set for 1 p.m. CST with game two to follow. Game three on Sunday begins at 1 p.m. CST as well.
UAH senior right-hander David Kendrick (1-1) was tagged with his first loss of the year despite a solid showing on the mound. Kendrick worked the complete-game 6.0 innings, allowing two runs on five hits while registering three strikeouts and no walks.
The Chargers tied the contest at 1-1 in the fifth inning and had runners on first and second with just one out in the sixth, but could not take advantage. Harding's Jeremy Bohnett led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and then scored as the very next batter, Matt Calhoun, hit a walk-off double to right center.
Andrew Fiddler (1-0) earned the victory for the Bisons, pitching one inning in relief of starter Lucas Waddell. After Waddell finished 6.0 innings on the hill while allowing just four hits and one run, and striking out three, Fiddler came in for the final frame to face just three batters and notch one strikeout to pick up the win.
Harding got on the board first in the bottom of the fourth inning when the inning should've already been over. After Anthony Guglielmi struck out for the third out but reached first base on a wild pitch, he scored all the way from first on a two-out double to left center.
UAH responded quickly in the top of the fifth as Chandler Brock led off with a double and advanced to third on a bunt single by Robbie Friedlein. Justin Pearson reached on a fielder's choice and picked up his third RBI of the year after Brock crossed the plate to knot the game at 1-1.
The Bisons tacked on the winning run, however, in the seventh to hand UAH its fourth walk-off loss this season.
The Chargers used three pitchers in the second game after freshman Corey Hale (0-3) surrendered four earned runs on just one hit as he walked three through the first 1.1 innings.
Harding's Ryan Modglin (1-0) picked up his first win of the year after working 5.1 innings and allowing just one run on five hits while fanning three. Josh Spears earned his first save this season, registering 1.2 scoreless innings and two strikeouts.
The Bisons struck early and often to take an early 4-0 lead through two innings, which UAH couldn't overcome as the Blue and White could only plate one run in the contest.
After opening the game by plating two runs in the first inning, Harding returned in the second with loaded bases after three walks and three wild pitches. From there, Kyle Atkins came to the plate, hitting a single into right field which scored two runs.
The lone UAH run crossed in the top of the sixth inning on a Vincent Kortbawi groundout, which brought in Ty Chancelor who had singled earlier in the inning. Chancelor was moved over after Chandler Brock legged out a double into left center.
Freshman Luke Mould and junior Willard Bacon also saw action on the hill for UAH as Mould worked 3.2 scoreless innings and Bacon posted 1.0 scoreless frame. Mould allowed three hits while fanning two batters and Bacon sat down two of his three batters faced on strikes.