The University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team (13-12) exploded for a total of 28 runs while grabbing two victories over the visiting Kentucky State Thorobreds (2-8). UAH claimed game one at Charger Field by a score of 15-4 before taking a 13-1 victory in game two, 13-1.
UAH returns to action on Wednesday, March 14, for a single game on the road against Miles. First pitch at Rickwood Field in Fairfield, Ala., is set for 2 p.m. CDT.
The Chargers forced Kentucky State's starting pitcher to leave the game after just 1.0 inning as UAH plated five runs off the starter in the first two innings.
Garrett Spivey was the starter on the hill for the Thorobreds, allowing five runs off four hits, one walk and two hit-by-pitches. KSU used three more pitchers in the contest, who allowed a combined 10 runs – seven earned – on nine hits.
UAH starting pitcher Luke Mould picked up his first win of the year after working a season-high 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, though only one earned, on five hits while fanning five batters. Kyle Jeter came in for the final inning in relief to allow one run on two hits and two walks.
Justin Riddle, Eric Deese and Eddie Villalta all collected triples on the day for the Chargers – the first for each this season.
After plating eight runs in the first two innings to go up 8-0, KSU responded with three runs in the top of the third to cut the lead to 8-3.
The Chargers answered in the bottom of the fourth frame to take a commanding 14-3 lead and put the game away. Three consecutive singles began the inning for UAH, then a run walked in after Justin Pearson was hit by a pitch. With the bases still loaded, Villalta legged out his triple to clear the bags.
UAH added one more run in the fifth before KSU brought across another run in the top of the seventh, which made the score 15-4 – the eventual final score.
Again, UAH ran off the KSU starting pitcher in game two after just 1.0 inning as the Chargers crossed four runs on the starter.
Picking up the victory for UAH was Corey Hale (1-3) who hurled 5.0 innings, allowing no runs on just two hits while striking out a career-high nine batters. Kyle Jeter saw action on the hill in the game, working a scoreless sixth frame and striking out one. Zach Adams worked the seventh inning for UAH, giving up the only run of the game on one hit and two strikeouts.
The Thorobreds' starter Andrew Bennett (0-1) worked 1.0 inning in the loss, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks.
The Chargers scored in every inning of the contest, including three runs in the bottom of the second inning and six runs in the fourth frame. Cody Burton legged out two doubles on the day, while Chandler Brock, Grant DeBruin and Eric Deese all hit home runs in the game. The homers were the first of the year for Brock and Deese, while DeBruin hit his fifth this season.
After scoring one run in the first, Jim Nelson led off the second inning with a single up the middle, then moved to second and third on a balk and wild pitch, respectively. Blake Massey followed by drawing a walk and stealing second before Burton connected on his first double of the game, scoring both runs. Tyrone Smith then singled up the middle to plate Burton and give UAH a 4-0 lead.