JACKSON, Tenn. | Picking up its ninth and 10th-straight
victories of the year, the University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball
team claimed yet another GSC series victory on Saturday afternoon at Union,
winning 7-1 in game one before sneaking out a 5-4 win in game two.
The Chargers (31-13, 18-7 GSC) reached the 30-win mark for the
third-consecutive season with their win in game one over the Bulldogs
(12-29, 5-19 GSC), while also improving their road record to 13-8 on the
year (team went 7-8 away from home last season).
Game 1: UAH-7 Union-1
Howell improved his impressive record to 8-1 on the season in the
opening game of the series, fanning five batters and scattering six hits
with only one earned run allowed. The junior left-hander has been every bit
as good as advertised in his first season in the Blue and White.
Sanders made his first start since Mar. 31 against North Alabama,
but showed no signs of rustiness going 3-for-5 at the plate with a
game-high three RBIs. Sanders scored two runs and came through clutch in
the ninth inning with two outs and the bases loaded to drive home the sixth
and seventh runs of the game for the Chargers.
UAH struck first in the second inning when Justin
Riddle grounded out to short with two runners on, plating Sanders
and tallying the first run of the game. Union would answer in the second
inning, but that's all the damage the hosts would make.
Paulson was shut-down out of the bullpen, throwing the final 2.2
innings and picking up his second save of the season. Paulson faced nine
batters and allowed just one hit, that to the first batter he faced as he
would settle in to retire eight straight and seal the win.
Game 2: UAH-5 Union-4
Mould worked three consecutive scoreless innings to secure the
ninth-straight victory for UAH this season, while also picking up his
seventh save of the season in the process. Mould faced 13 batters and gave
up four hits, but seemingly came through with a key out each time Union put
a runner in scoring position.
UAH was actually outhit in the game by a final tally of 10-6, but used a
pair of bases-loaded walks and a bases-loaded hit by pitch to manufacture
three runs. With the Chargers trailing 2-0 heading into the fourth inning, Blake
Massey led off the fourth with a hit by pitch, an indication of
how the inning was going to play out.
Following a strikeout, UAH reached base four straight at bats, including
the two bases-loaded walks. Barnes would then get hit by a pitch to give
UAH its first lead of the game at 3-2, before Conner
McCain came through with a bases-loaded single to score to more
and push the Chargers' lead out to 5-2.
Union would score two more in the bottom of the fourth, but with a runner
at third and two outs, McCain made a highlight-reel grab sliding into right
Burton also made a couple of showtime catches in center field,
helping preserve the two victories for the Chargers.
Aultman improved his record to 6-4 and has now won back-to-back
decisions. Aultman allowed just two earned runs and made a pair of timely
outs to get UAH out of a couple of jams.
UAH will go for its 10th-straight victory and third-straight GSC sweep
tomorrow in game three of the series at 1 p.m.