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UWA takes series from Reddies

LIVINGSTON – After taking a 9-4 win in the first of a three game series from the Henderson State Reddies on Tuesday night at Tartt Field, the University of West Alabama baseball team finished the series on Wednesday splitting a doubleheader, wining game one 11-8 only to drop game two 8-5 in extra innings.

Shane Martin (3-0) picked up the win for the Tigers Tuesday night, allowing three earned runs on four hits in 7.2 innings of work on the hill. Lee Boyd earned his second save of the season, throwing 1.1 innings and allowing one earned run on one hit. Jordan Williams (3-5) took the loss for the Reddies, giving up seven earned runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings pitched.

Senior catcher Stephen Waggener went 2-for-2 with one RBI on the night for the Tigers. A.J. Ray had two hits and one RBI, while Jonathan Lindsey added a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning. Randal Minton had a triple and two RBIs with Rafael Farrell adding a triple of his own.

Jarrod Eason went 2-for-4 with a home run and one RBI for the Reddies. Jeremy Beach added one hit and one RBI, while Dustin Perry had two hits. Ryan Paskiewicz and Mike Coe had one RBI each for Henderson State.

In Wednesday’s doubleheader the April wind came blowing in to Livingston, but at Tartt Field it was blowing out, and took with it every ball with a pulse. In the two-seven-inning games there were as many as five balls that boarded flights out of Tartt Field, as sophomore Dustin Roberts hit one in game one, while junior Jonathan Lindsey and senior Rafael Farrell each collected a dinger in game two.

The Tigers fell behind early in game one 7-3, before scoring three runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth to take control. Scott Needs went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and one RBI, while teammate Daniel Wilson also contributed a pair of hits and one RBI. A. J. Ray went 1-for-4 with three RBI and teammate Brandon Boles contributed a triple and two RBIs. Dustin Roberts also added his seventh homer of the season.

Lee Boyd (4-0) picked up the win for the Tigers on the hill in game one, going 2.1 innings out of the UWA bullpen and allowing just one run on four hits to go along with a pair of strikeouts. Sumter Academy’s Clint Chambless picked up his fifth save of the season by pitching a perfect seventh inning.

Brad Wallace led the HSU attack, going 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and three RBIs. Brad Hill (0-9) took the loss, allowing four earned runs in 0.2 innings of work out of the Reddie bullpen.

Game two started out much the same way for the Tigers with the Reddies drawing first blood again, as they collected a run in each of the first four innings of play to take an early 4-0 lead.

Tigers head coach Gary Rundles emptied his bullpen in game two, making as many as six pitching changes through nine innings. Senior Michael Riggs got the start for the Tigers going two full innings earning 2K’s, while giving up two unearned runs on one hit and two walks. Junior Ryan Taylor replaced Riggs in the third inning going two full innings earning 1K, while giving up two earned runs on two hits.

In the fourth the Tigers rallied, both at the plate and in the field as freshmen Ryan Lawson took care of the Reddies giving up no runs on no hits in the top of the fourth.

And at the plate it was junior Jonathan Lindsey stepping up for the Tigers, going 2-for-3, including a home run and two RBIs. Randal Minton also picked up a pair of hits, including a triple and one RBI, while teammate Dustin Carter added a pair of hits and one RBI. Lindsey’s home run tied the game at 4-4 in the fourth.

In the fifth, Rundles replaced Lawson with Demopolis High graduate Matt Chambless who went two full innings giving up one run on four hits. But senior Rafael Farrell saved the day for the Tigers in the seventh inning as he collected his first home run of the season to tie the game at 5-5 and send it to extra innings. Farrell went 6-for-9 on the afternoon, including one home run, one double and three RBIs.

But in the eighth, Chase LaCoste (1-1) took the loss for UWA, allowing three earned runs on three hits in 1.1 innings of work thanks to some shady fielding over on third base and a Reddie two-run homer.

Jeremy Beach paced HSU, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while teammate Cody Deal added the home run as well as three RBIs. Stephen Alexander (4-2) went nine innings and allowed five runs, all earned, on 14 hits en route to picking up the win.

The Tigers move to 24-13 overall and return to action on Saturday when they travel to Valdosta State for a noon doubleheader.