(HUNTSVILLE) - Hoping to avoid a series sweep, the UAH Chargers fell just short, losing on a sunny Sunday afternoon to 14th-ranked Georgia College and State, 12-11, at Joe Davis Stadium.
The Chargers fought back from a 7-0 1st inning deficit to come within a run, 8-7, after a 5-run 3rd inning.
Trailing 8-2, 3rd baseman Nick Huckaby got the rally started when he was hit by a pitch from starter Sean Heimpel, who hit three batters in his 2 1/3 innings on the mound. That was followed by a walk to Blake Butler, who walked three times in the game.
UAH then scored runs on back-to-back errors and a wild pitch. 2nd baseman Jake Lee kept the inning going with a double down the left field line, scoring two more runs, before scoring himself on a single up the middle by Jordan Parker.
Both teams traded single runs from the 4th through the 7th innings, with the Chargers cashing in on another Bobcat error in the 7th when catcher Joey Tatara scored on an RBI single from Luke Putnam to make it 10-9, Ga. College. But UAH left the bases loaded in the 4th and 6th innings without scoring, which proved to be costly.
Even after GCSU pushed across two insurance runs in the top of the 9th, the Chargers refused to quit.
A leadoff single by Parker capped off a 3-for-4 afternoon at the plate. Left fielder George Washington delivered a one-out single to bring the potential tying run to the plate. A Huckaby single followed, loading the bases, and Nichols' two-run single again brought the Chargers to within a run, but pinch-hitter Shannon Anderson struck out to end the game.
Brandon Owens picked up the win, allowing three unearned runs in 3 2/3 innings. Michael Newman struck out 4 in 2 innings to pick up the save. Patrick Grimes, who started and pitched just 2/3 of an inning, took the loss, giving up all seven of the Bobcats' 1st inning runs, four of them earned.
Jacob Wray pitched five solid innings in relief for UAH, giving up two runs, just one earned.
The Chargers (1-6) hit the road next weekend in tournament action at West Florida.