Game 1: UAH-18 Kentucky State-0
Both Alex Aultman and the UAH (2-0) offense wasted no time in putting away the Thorobreds (0-2) early on opening day. Aultman went 1-2-3 to start the game, then the Chargers proceeded to score three runs in the first inning, six more in the second and six more later in the fifth.
Chandler Brock got the party started with a double in the first, driving home lead-off hitter Ben Hall for Brock's first RBI of the season and Hall's first run scored as a Charger. After an error scored the game's second run, Conner McCain sent a sacrifice fly to center to score Brock and the third run of the first.
The six-run second was sparked by Cody Burton's two-RBI single back up the box to plate Blake Massey and Chase Handley. Cleanup-hitter Brandon Lawing later knocked in another run, before another error and sacrifice fly gave UAH a larger lead.
Burton finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs in the two-spot, while Brock went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Lawing, Ryan Barnes and Robbie Friedlein all added a pair of RBIs, with the leadoff-hitter Hall drawing three walks.
The staff-ace Aultman picked up win number one of the season, after going five shutout innings with seven strikeouts and only three hits allowed.
UAH finished with 13 hits in the game, including four doubles and a triple by Josh Giegling.
Game 2: UAH-8 Kentucky State-1
Junior Tyler Howell (1-0) recorded the victory for the Chargers, putting in five innings of work while allowing one run on six hits and striking out seven batters. Fellow teammates Codey Paulson and Edwin Reyes came on in relief for the final two innings, giving up only one hit in the process.
Conner McCain and Brandon Lawing each led the team with two hits apiece along with two RBI as well. Chris Brown also tallied two RBI while Ben Hall and Chandler Brock also chipped in with an RBI.
Much like the first contest, UAH jumped to an early lead in the top of the first as junior Ben Hall got the offense going with a solo shot to right center.
In the ensuing at bat, Austin Sanders doubled down the left field line before a Chandler Brock triple would go on to bring in Sanders.
Brandon Lawing kept the offense going as he sent a two-run bomb over left field to give the Chargers a 4-0 lead.
UAH held Kentucky State scoreless until the top of the fourth when Reginald Grimes II hit in Alexander Davie following a triple by Davie to start the inning. Josh O'Reel led the visitors going 2-for-3 in the second stanza.
The Chargers tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third inning when Lawing started the inning with a single up the middle. Jud Sherrill got on base with a walk to advance Lawing to second while Brown hit a double to left center to score Lawing and Brown.
With a 6-1 lead heading into the sixth, UAH stretched the lead to seven scoring two more runs.
The two teams will play again tomorrow morning beginning at 10 a.m. with a pair of seven-inning games on tap