UNA takes two over UAH on the diamond

After beginning conference play with five straight wins, the University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team fell to North Alabama on Saturday afternoon in both games of a doubleheader in Florence.

UAH (19-6, 5-2 Gulf South Conference) traveled to their GSC-rival this weekend for a three-game set against UNA (13-9, 5-3 GSC). The Chargers had begun conference play with an undefeated record before traveling to Florence, where they dropped the first two games and being shutout for the first time all season in game two.

In the first game the Chargers fell 8-6, with a four-run fourth inning putting UNA ahead for good. UAH was the first to score as they plated three runs in the second. Brandon Lawing hit a double with Jud Sherrill and Vincent Kortbawi scoring. Lawing later scored on a Blake Massey double.

The Lions then proceeded to score seven unanswered runs and it wasn't until the seventh inning that the Chargers cut into the lead when Cody Burton hit a two-run homer that scored Massey. Two batters later Conner McCain singled and then scored on Kortbawi's subsequent double. Those three runs would be the Chargers' last, however, as they were shut down in the last two innings.

Alex Aultman (4-1) took the loss as he gave up six runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings of work. Dana Wright relieved him and struck out four in 4.1 innings pitched. Boughner (3-2) was the winning pitcher for North Alabama.

Game two saw a lot less runs cross the plate as the Lions beat the Chargers 1-0 in the seven inning game. UNA's lone run came in the second inning.

Both teams' starters pitched the entire game with Andrew Busby (3-1) taking the loss for the Chargers and Michael Watkins (2-3) getting the win for UNA. Busby had an impressive outing despite the loss, as he threw six innings, giving up the one run, and striking out five.

UAH will look to avoid the sweep tomorrow for the rubber game. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.