Chad Boughner won his seventh straight start and Jake Sloan delivered a go-ahead home run in the seventh as the University of North Alabama completed a series sweep of New Orleans with a 5-3 win Sunday at Mike Lane Field.
Now 34-12 overall and 14-7 in the Gulf South Conference, the Lions are tied with Delta State for the GSC regular-season lead with three games left. New Orleans falls to 14-26 and 6-17 in the GSC.
Boughner, now 9-2, threw his third complete game of the season, scattering three runs and nine hits over nine innings. He didn't walk anyone and struckout 11 to move into second place on UNA's career strikeout list with 200. It was also Boughner's 24th career win, leaving him just one win shy of the school career mark of 25 by Ken Head from 1989-92.
With the game tied 3-3 in the eighth, Sloan blasted his sixth home run of the season, clearing the scoreboard beyond the rightfield fence to put UNA on top for good.
New Orleans went on top with a run in the third but the Lions tied it in the bottom of the inning when Andrew Almon singled and scored on a triple by Michael Schmidt.
UNA then went on top 3-1 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth on four straight hits. Schmidt doubled and later scored on a double-steal. Josh Doyle singled, stole second and scored on a Jake Sloan RBI-single.
New Orleans tied the game in the sixth on a two-run double by Stefan Farrell and the game remained tied until Sloan's home run in the seventh. The Lions added an insurance run in the eighth when Josh Carpenter walked and scored on a double by Daniel Korpi to make it 5-3.
Boughner retired the last nine straight batters that he faced.
The Lions play their final regular season home game on Tuesday against Union at 4:30.