VALDOSTA, Ga. | The 28th-ranked University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team erupted for 25 total runs on Saturday, routing Valdosta State 13-3 in seven innings in game one and 12-7 in game two to sweep a GSC doubleheader at Billy Grant Field.
UAH improves to 24-13 and 13-7 in conference to help boost their NCAA Regional resume, while Valdosta State slips to 21-12 and 12-9 in the GSC. The 25 runs scored are the most UAH has scored in a GSC doubleheader this season and is also the most the Blazers have allowed.
Game 1: UAH-13 VSU-3 (F/7)
A pair of five-run innings powered the Chargers to their first 10-run rule victory in GSC play since Mar. 8 at Shorter, and just their second such victory in conference play this season. UAH plated five runs in both the fifth and seventh innings to route the Blazers.
The Chargers loading of the bases in the very first inning would be a sign of things to come in game one, except in this inning they would come away empty after an inning-ending double play. This would not be the case the rest of the game, as they would go on to score 13 runs in just six innings.
Ben Hall would start the offensive display in the fourth inning, when he collected his first of four RBIs with a triple down the right field line, which scored Colton Simbeck who walked earlier in the inning. Justin Riddle would drop the first of four bunt singles for the Chargers, picking up an RBI as Hall came home and tied the game at 2-2.
Tyler Howell (6-1) worked quickly in the fourth, which allowed the surging UAH offense to step back into the box and take control of the game. Cody Burton started the rally with a bunt single, and after Chandler Brock sacrificed to move Burton over, Brandon Lawing rocketed the team's second triple of the day to give UAH a 3-2 lead, one they would not relinquish.
Conner McCain followed suit with an RBI single back up the middle, then stole second the following at bat. After VSU picked up out number two, UAH would go on to score three more runs, highlighted by a bases-loaded single by Chase Handley with pushed the lead to 7-2. Hall also picked up his second RBI of the game in that inning.
The Chargers would continue to manufacture runs late in the game, picking up RBIs with a walk, a hit by pitch and clutch hitting late to keep the Blazers well out of reach.
Howell would go the distance, only needing seven innings to get the complete game victory. Howell only struck out two batters, but kept the VSU batters off balance all game allowing just two earned runs.
Hall led the way with his four RBIs, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored with a triple and a pair of singles. A total of six players recorded at least two hits in the game, while eight of the nine batters notched a hit.
Game 2: UAH-12 VSU-7
The UAH offense picked up right where it left off in game one, scoring 12 runs in game two to combine to score 25 total runs in the two games. That total marks the most runs UAH has scored in a doubleheader in GSC play this season.
The score may be deceiving, as the Chargers scored six runs in the seventh and final inning to both take the lead and seal the victory. In all, UAH brought 11 batters to the plate after Brock's leadoff single started the rally.
Brock's single was followed by an error on a sac bunt, and a single from Conner McCain which allowed Brock to score and tie the game with no outs in the inning. Six straight batters would then come to the plate before VSU would record the first out, as UAH would score four runs in that stretch thanks to a pair of RBI walks.
VSU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but back-to-back home runs by Simbeck and Hall tied things up rather quickly. Riddle would get hit by a pitch, advance on a wild pitch before Handley singled to score the go-ahead run at 4-3.
The Chargers would go down by two runs later, but continued to fight back, never trailing by more than two from that point forward. UAH grabbed control of the game in the seventh when they scored six runs after heading into the final stanza down by one.
Hall, Handley and Simbeck each recorded two RBIs, as the trio combined to go 3-for-8 with four runs scored. McCain finished 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.
A total of four pitchers saw time on the mound, with Luke Mould recording the victory throwing the final 3.0 innings of work. Alex Aultman got the start, but allowed seven earned runs before receiving the no decision.
Hall was the star of the day for UAH, as the second basemen went 4-for-7 with six RBIs, a home run, a triple and five runs scored. He finished with a 1.286 slugging percentage and also drew two walks.
The Chargers will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon at 12 noon as Drew Eiland gets the start looking to improve upon his 5-1 record.