Polishing off a solid 4-1 week, the 19th-ranked University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team swept Barry University on Sunday afternoon at Charger Park, scoring 13 and 12 runs en route to two convincing wins.
Game 1: UAH-12 BU-2 (F/8)
UAH (12-3) jumped on the visiting Buccaneers (9-5) right away in the opening inning, when Conner McCain smacked a triple to right center to bring Vincent Kortbawi and Chandler Brock across the plate. Brock started the two-out rally, then Kortbawi followed with a single of his own to extend his school-record hitting streak to 33 games.
Adding two more runs in the third inning, thanks to a McCain and Chase Handley single, the Chargers got out to a 5-0 lead. UAH would add another in the fourth to go out front by a score of 6-0.
Alex Aultman would not need those six runs, as the junior threw six hitless innings to start the game and moved his record to 3-0 on the season in the process. Aultman finished with seven strong innings, allowing just one hit and one earned run, while striking out four.
Handley would line a single through the hole on the right side to pick up two more RBIs and put UAH even further ahead at 11-2 in the eighth. A few batters later Austin Sanders would ground a ball to second base, coming home for the force out with the bases loaded, the Barry catcher was not standing on the plate on UAH brought home the ten-run rule winning run.
McCain and Handley each finished with three RBIs, combining to go 5-for-8 at the plate. Brock went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in the three-spot.
Game 2: UAH-13 BU-3 (F/7)
The offense was on display once again for the Blue and White in game two, as they went on to score four runs in the first, two more in the second and three more in the third.
Despite Barry jumping out front first in the top of the first inning, McCain stayed hot at the dish with a first-inning two-RBI double scoring Cody Burton and Brock.
A batter later, the hot-hitting Kortbawi wasted no time extending his hitting streak to 34 games. Kortbawi slapped a single through the right side and kept the history-making on his side.
Kortbawi was back at again in the second inning when he crushed a double to left center, allowing McCain and Burton to come and score. Kortbawi finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while McCain finished with a game-high five RBIs going 2-for-2.
Brock knocked in a pair of runs of his own as the sophomore went 3-for-5 at the plate.
Picking up the win was Luke Mould, who came in relief of starting pitcher Dana Wright. Mould threw two hitless innings. Wright finished with three innings pitched and allowed all three earned runs.
Edwin Reyes and Will Hammock also saw action on the mound and each pitched scoreless innings.
The Chargers return to action this Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Charger Park when they host Stillman. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.