Lions 21-5 after sweep at Spring Hill

Lions 21-5 after sweep at Spring Hill

The following is from the University of North Alabama:

MOBILE, Ala. -- The University of North Alabama baseball team ran its winning streak to eight games Wednesday with a double-header sweep of Spring Hill, 15-4 and 11-6.

UNA scored its 26 runs on 28 hits and never trailed in the double-header. With the sweep, UNA is now 21-5 overall and the Lions have won 11 of their last 12 games.

Dylan Calhoun had seven hits and drove in five runs in the two games, while Dylan Boston had four hits and drove in four runs.

UNA scored 15 runs on 14 hits in the opener and scored runs in all but one inning of the seven-inning game. The Lions scored two runs in the first inning and added one in the second, two in the fourth, two in the fifth, five in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Spring Hill scored four runs on six hits off UNA starter Kyle Stephenson through five innings. Jacob Westerhouse and Bradley Bailey then each pitched a scoreless inning of relief, with Bailey allowing one hit. Stephenson (2-0) got the win.

The run that Spring Hill scored in the first inning snapped a streak of 31 straight innings in which the UNA pitching staff had not allowed an earned run.

Calhoun was five-for-six in the opener with two runs scored and four RBI. Boston was three-for-five with three runs batted in.

In the nightcap, UNA scored six runs in the first inning on six hits and two Spring Hill errors. The Badgers cut the lead to 6-3 in the bottom of the first and knocked UNA starter Shawn Smirnoff out of the game after just two thirds of an inning. Blake Talley (2-0) then came on and pitched four and a third innings as UNA extended its lead. The Lions got two runs in the third and one in the fourth to make it 9-3. Spring Hill cut UNA's advantage to 9-6 before the Lions added two more insurance runs in the sixth.

Austin Carpenter pitched the final two innings in relief for UNA.

The Lions, ranked No. 24 in the NCAA Division II, host 10th ranked Alabama-Huntsville in a three-game Gulf South Conference series this Saturday and Sunday at Mike Lane Field.