FLORENCE, Ala. -- University of North Alabama junior pitcher Chad Boughner struckout the side in the first inning on just nine pitches and went on to a school-record 16-strikeout performance in leading the Lions to an 8-3 win over Quincy. The win was the sixth straight for the Lions who improve to 12-2 overall.
Boughner, now 2-1 this season and 17-7 in his career at UNA, gave up a leadoff home run in the second inning but little else as he allowed just one run on three hits over eight innings. He walked just two and struckout 16, breaking the previous UNA record of 14 Ks by Nick Pignotti against Mississippi College in 1985 and Patrick Carlton against West Florida in 1996. UNA reliever Eric Bolton gave up a two-run homer but closer Ben Seabrook added two strikeouts in the ninth as the Lions also set a team record with 18 combined strikeouts.
Quincy, now 0-3, took a 1-0 in the second on Aaron Priestes solo homer. UNA came back with four runs in the third to take the lead. Drew Humphrey and Michael Schmidt both singled and Humphrey scored on a fielder's choice. Schmidt then scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-1. Jake Sloan followed with a two-run homer to make it 4-1. UNA added four more runs in the sixth highlighted by a solo home run by Josh Cyr.
Boughner did not return to the mound in the ninth as Bolton saw his first work of the season. He hit Mitchell Broughton and Priestes followed with a two-run blast that was his second home run of the game and third in the three-game series. Seabrook then entered and allowed a double, single and walk before striking out Gaven Meyer to end the game.
UNA outhit Quincy 7-to-6 and the Hawks committed four costly errors.
North Alabama plays at Harding Tuesday in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. in Searcy, Ark.