UAH rallies for win over UNA at Mike Lane Field

Leading 8-1 in the sixth inning, University of North Alabama pitchers allowed nine runs on 14 hits over the final four innings as Alabama-Huntsvilled rallied for a 10-8 win in the final game of a Gulf South Conference series at Mike Lane Field.

The Lions downed the Chargers 8-6 and 1-0 on Saturday and was trying to complete a three-game sweep of UAH.

UNA starter Cade Medley pitched six and 1/3 solid innings before leaving the game with an 8-3 lead. The Chargers then had eight straight batters reach base on UNA relievers before Eric Wilson was able to end the seventh with the game tied at 9-9. The Chargers then scored two more runs in the ninth for the win.

With the loss, UNA is 13-10 overall and 5-4 in GSC play. UAH is 20-6 and 6-2.

UNA took the early lead with four runs in the first inning on five hits and two walks. Andrew Almon had an RBI-single, Bradley Noland followed with a two-run double and Josh Carpenter drew a bases-loaded walk to force in a run.

UAH got a solo home run from Jud Sherrill in the second inning but UNA answered with two more runs in the bottom half of the frame. Josh Doyle singled and scored on a Dylan Boston double and Boston scored on a Matthew Tittle single.

Noland and Thomas Lundborg led off the fifth with back-to-back singles and Jake Ward delivered a two-run single to make it 8-1.

UAH got two runs off Medley in the sixth to make it 8-3 and then got a leadoff double in the seventh. After getting one out, Medley left the game and relievers Daymon Eriksen and Jacob Westerhouse failed to record an out as five straight Chargers reached base. With UNA still leading 8-6, Wilson gave up an RBI-single to make 8-7, then the tying run scored on a fielder's choice.

With two outs in the top of the ninth, UAH got four consecutive singles, to score the go-ahead runs. Cody Burton reached on an infield single to load the bases and when the throw went to second, Blake Massey rounded third and forced a play at the plate, giving the Chargers a 9-8 lead. Justin Pearson then drove in the final run to make it 10-8. UNA got two base runners in the ninth but couldn't score.

Wilson (2-1) took the loss for UNA, allowing two runs on five hits in 2.2 innings. Cody Barrett (1-1) got the win for UAH, pitching four scoreless innings of relief. The Chargers out-hit UNA 20-to-14 in the game.