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Chargers Rout Blazers 14-3 to Secure Dominant Sweep

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Chargers Rout Blazers 14-3 to Secure Dominant Sweep

4/6/2014 | Baseball | Box Score

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.

Drew 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.

Colton 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.

Chandler Brock chipped in with two hits and an RBI while Conner McCain also finished with two hits and drove in two runners.

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 ahead 4-1.

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 Lawing.

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 Charger Park. 

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