HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team picked up its second of three conference series this year after picking up a 6-3 victory over the New Orleans Privateers on Sunday afternoon at Charger Park.
The Chargers improve to 16-13 overall and 6-3 in the Gulf South Conference, while UNO drops to 9-9 overall and 3-5 in league play.
Senior infielders Grant DeBruin and Eric Deese, and freshman left fielder Chandler Brock all notched two hits each to lead the squad on the day. Deese recorded two RBI, while DeBruin posted one RBI and Brock legged out two doubles.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher David Kendrick (4-2) was solid once again on the mound for UAH despite giving up two early runs in the first inning. Kendrick worked 6.0 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out two to earn the victory. Junior pitcher Johnny Shuttlesworth saw his first action of the year, striking out three batters in 2.1 innings before being relieved by junior Cody Barrett who worked the final 0.2 innings to grab his third save of the season.
UNO starter Stone Speer (1-3) took the loss after allowing six runs – five earned – on eight hits and five walks in 5.0 innings pitched. Kyle Zara took over for the final 3.0 innings, allowing just one hit and no runs.
For the third straight game, the Chargers found themselves in a hole after the first half of the opening frame. The Privateers crossed two runs in the top of the first inning after consecutive hits of a double, triple and double.
The lead was short-lived as UAH plated two runs of its own in the bottom of the first off a Deese double and DeBruin sacrifice fly. The Chargers added four more runs in the bottom of the second to take a 6-2 advantage.
UNO cut into the lead with a run in the fourth inning on a two-out home run over the left field wall by Clint Coleman. The homer made the score 6-3 but the Privateers would get no closer as UAH went on to a 6-3 series-clinching victory.
UAH returns to action on Tuesday, March 20, when the Chargers welcome Lincoln Memorial for a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. CT at Charger Park.