The University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team split its Gulf South Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at West Alabama as the Chargers picked up a run-rule shortened 11-1 victory in game one at Tartt Field before the Tigers evened the series in the nightcap with a 5-0 decision over UAH.
After the day, UAH moved to 18-15 overall and 7-4 in the conference while UWA moved to 13-15 on the season and 5-6 in league play.
The two teams return to the diamond Sunday for the rubber match. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. CDT.
Behind great pitching but even better offensive output at the plate, UAH grabbed its first run-rule victory of the season by defeating UWA 11-1 in 7.0 innings the first game of a three-game series.
All but one Charger in the lineup notched a hit in the contest, led Justin Pearson 3-for-4 day at the plate. Grant DeBruin, Ty Chancelor, Vincent Kortbawi, Chandler Brock and Jon McKinney all recorded a pair of hits as well.
Leading 6-1 through six innings, UAH plated five runs in the top of the seventh to grab a 10-run advantage that ended the scheduled 9.0-inning contest after 7.0 innings. Of the runs coming in the seventh frame, DeBruin legged out a two-RBI double while Chancelor connected on his fifth home run of the season to score two additional runs.
Back in the third inning, and already up 4-0 after a four-run second inning, Blake Massey hammered home his first deep ball of the year over the left field wall.
UWA picked up its lone run of the contest in the bottom of the fourth inning off a RBI single which scored a runner from second base.
Going the distance in the run-rule shortened contest, Drew Eiland (3-2) struck out three while allowing just one run on 10 hits.
UAH was shutout for the first time this season as UWA claimed the second game by a score of 5-0 in a 7.0-inning scheduled game. It is the first time UAH has been shutout in the last 35 games, dating back to last season.
The Tigers crossed single runs in the second and third innings to take an early 2-0 lead over UAH.
UWA loaded the bases with no outs to start the fifth inning, forcing UAH to pull starting pitcher Dana Wright for Willard Bacon. The first run of the frame scored on a wild pitch, while Bobby Cleckler legged out a double to score the other two runs in the inning and give UWA a 5-0 lead.
Wright (2-3) was tagged with the loss of the year after working 4.0 innings, allowing all five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five.
Using a staff of three pitchers, UWA hurled two-hitter with starting pitcher Jesse Boyd getting the win after 4.2 innings on the hill.