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Senior Grant DeBruin hit his Gulf South Conference-leading eighth home run and the Chargers scored eight runs over the final two innings as the University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team downed the visiting Miles Golden Bears, 12-2, in a run-rule shortened game Thursday afternoon at Charger Park.
With the win, UAH (26-19) sweeps the season series against Miles (19-16), and moves to 6-0 all-time over the Golden Bears. The run-rule victory is the second this season for the Chargers, after the squad defeated West Alabama, 11-1, in seven innings on March 24.
Miles struck first, in the top of the first inning, as Jeremy Lee laced a single into centerfield to score a runner from second and give the Golden Bears an early 1-0 lead.
Grant DeBruin immediately gave UAH the advantage in the bottom of the first inning, lining his conference-leading eighth home run over the left field wall. The homer scored Justin Pearson who singled earlier in the frame. Padding the lead, Chandler Brock legged out an RBI double to left field to put the Chargers up, 3-1.
After balking in a run in the third, Miles cut the deficit to 3-2 but the Golden Bears issued a loaded-bases walk in the bottom of the frame as UAH went back up by two runs, 4-2.
UAH scored three runs in the seventh inning to increase its lead to five. Two of the runs came after back-to-back-to-back doubles by Brock, Justin Riddle and Vincent Kortbawi, while Robbie Reece smoked a single down the left line to plate the third run of the frame. The Chargers then crossed the five runs necessary for the run-rule to come into effect in the eighth.
The Blue and White legged out a season-high seven doubles en route to posting their fourth straight game with double-digit hits, and six out of the last seven. DeBruin paced the offensive effort with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate, including a home run and double, while notching four RBI and scoring two runs. In addition, Brock legged out two doubles on the day.
Dana Wright picked up the victory after working 5.0 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out seven batters. Corey Hale and Johnny Shuttlesworth closed the game out on the mound for UAH, working 0.2 and 2.1 innings, respectively.