HUNTSVILLE | The No. 6 University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team swept Wednesday's doubleheader against Miles by scores of 14-2 and 6-3 at Charger Park to extend the Chargers win streak to eight games. UAH improves to 25-4-1 overall, while MC slips to 8-20.
The Chargers bats were slow to develop in the opening matchup, as Miles held a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third. The red hot Colton Simbeck was able to put the Chargers on the board with his ninth homer of the season in the third, before UAH overtook the lead at 4-2 with a solo shot by Ryan Barnes and another homer – a two-run blast this time – by Simbeck in the bottom of the fourth. UAH starter Logan Crook (2-0) bounced back after battling through the top of the first to throw five shutout innings in the ensuing frames. Crook finished the day with 6.0 innings, two runs, two walks and four strikeouts while earning the win. The Blue and White went on to post a six-run rally in the fifth and four runs in the sixth to bring the game to its 14-2 final. UAH ended the first game with 12 base hits, including two doubles and four homers. Simbeck and AJ Walden– who hit a three-run homer in the fifth – tied for the team lead with three RBI. Fifth-year skipper Hunter Royer turned to Wilson Adams in game two, and the right-hander turned in 5.2 innings with two runs allowed and seven strikeouts, while issuing a total of six walks. Adams improved to 2-0 on the year. Senior Chandler Brock paced the offense in the second matchup, as the left-fielder went 3-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored. The Athens, Alabama native gave UAH the first lead of the game with a double to right-center, and later tied the game at 2-2 with another RBI double in the third after Miles plated a pair in the top of the second. Brandon Lawing sealed the win with a double off the wall in left-center to score both Simbeck and Walden on the play to take a 4-2 lead. Tanner Cimo drove in Lawing later on in the inning on a sacrifice bunt. Brock capped off the offensive effort with his sixth homer of the year to deep left field to extend the lead to 6-2. The Golden Bears brought in one run in the top of the seventh off UAH reliever Charlie Weaver. Senior Luke Mouldwas summoned out of the bullpen for the final out, inducing a swinging strikeout and earning his seventh save of the season. The Chargers will jump back into Gulf South Conference play this weekend with a three-game series against Valdosta State at Charger Park, beginning on Friday with a doubleheader at 3 p.m. The series will conclude on Saturday with a single game at 1 p.m.