VALDOSTA, Ga. | The 28th-ranked University of Alabama in
Huntsville baseball team completed the three-game sweep with a 14-3 victory
on Sunday afternoon at Valdosta State, its first such sweep since 1999. The
Chargers improve to 25-13 overall and 14-7 in conference play while VSU
slips to 21-13 and 12-10 in the GSC.
Sunday's victory marks the second time this season UAH has swept its
opponent on the road and the 39 runs is the most in a GSC series this
season and the most ever scored against the Blazers in program history.
Eiland improved to 6-1 on the mound while putting in 7.2 innings
of work and allowed just three earned runs as the senior left-hander
has given up three runs or less in each of his starts. Bullpen arm Jacob
Croft came in for 1.1 innings of relief to not allow a hit and
shut the door on the sweep.
Simbeck led the offense with two hits, going 2-for-5 and three
RBI. Simbeck finished the weekend with four hits, a home run and six RBI.
In the previous six games, the Loretto, Tenn., native has plated nine runners
and recorded seven hits with three homers.
After trading runs in the first, the Chargers took the lead by scoring four
runs in the top of the third thanks to Simbeck's single to left field
followed by a groundout, a fielder's choice and sacrifice bunt to put UAH
The Blazers scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth to cut
the lead to two, 5-3. However, the Chargers blew the game open in the
eighth with six runs to stretch the lead to eight, 11-3, including
Simbeck's 2-RBI double to left field that brought in McCain and Brandon
UAH tacked on three more runs in the ninth to give the Chargers their
biggest lead of the day at 11, 14-3, to complete the sweep.
Overall in the three games this weekend, UAH hit .351 as a team, scored 39
runs, recorded 32 RBIs and finished with a season-high .508 on-base
percentage. Just six of the 34 hits by UAH this weekend were extra base
hits, as the Chargers manufactured runs with runners on the entire weekend.
UAH will look to build off this impressive sweep as it continues to
add quality wins to its NCAA Tournament resume.
The Chargers return to the diamond on Wednesday for a mid-week affair
against in-state rival Montevallo. The first pitch is set for 6 p.m. at
1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801