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UWA Tigers avoid split with Railsplitters

HARROGATE, TN – The University of West Alabama baseball team collected 31 runs on 30 hits to take two-of-three games on the road from Lincoln Memorial (14-29, 4-11 GSC) this weekend, as the Tigers sweep the Railsplitters in a doubleheader on Saturday winning game one 10-9 and game two by the score of 21-10.

In game one, the Tigers held a 9-1 lead after three innings of play, before Lincoln Memorial scored six runs in the sixth inning to cut the score to 9-7. West Alabama would hold on for the 10-9 victory with Shane Martin (4-1) picking up the win. Martin allowed six earned runs on 10 hits in 5.0 innings pitched. Mark Parsons (2-7) took the loss for the Railsplitters, throwing 1.0 innings and allowing four runs (one earned) on three hits.

Brandon Boles went 2-for-2 with a home run and one RBI for the Tigers in game one. Dustin Carter had two doubles and two RBI, while Dustin Roberts added two hits with a double and one RBI.

Patrick Bolton went 3-for-4 with a home run and one RBI for the Railsplitters in game one. Wes Strader and Jim Wernke added two hits and two RBI each.

In game two, West Alabama trailed 10-8 going into the seventh and final inning. The Tigers then scored 13 runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 21-10 lead. Michael Riggs (3-0) picked up the win for UWA, allowing one earned run on two hits in one inning of work. Johnson Whitehead took the loss for LMU, throwing 2.2 innings and allowing 12 runs (five earned) on ten hits.

A.J. Ray went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI for West Alabama in game two. Rafael Farrell had three hits with a home run, a double and four RBI, while Jonathan Lindsey added two hits with a home run, a double and three RBI. Roberts added a solo homer, and Scott Needs went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and four RBI. Boles and Randal Minton also had two hits each in game two for the Tigers.

Nathaniel Henderson went 3-for-4 with three RBI for the Railsplitters in game two. Whitehead added three hits for LMU, while Justin O’Brien added a solo home run.

In Sunday’s game with the Railsplitters the Tigers could only muster five runs on 14 hits and dropped a 12-5 decision to end the three-game series.

Lincoln Memorial scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and added two more in the second to make the score 8-0. The Railsplitters would make it 10-0, before the Tigers scored two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh, cutting the score to 10-5. Lincoln Memorial would add two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the final score of 12-5.

Michael Avalon (0-3) took the loss for the Tigers, allowing eight earned runs on eight hits in 1.2 innings of work. Wes Strader (1-6) picked up the win for the Railsplitters, throwing 9.0 innings and allowing five earned runs on 14 hits.

Scott Needs went 3-for-4 with a double for the Tigers. Jason Floyes added three hits with a double, while Brandon Boles had two hits with a double. Jonathan Lindsey hit a solo homer for UWA, and Dustin Roberts added a home run and three RBI. Randal Minton had three hits and a stolen base for West Alabama.

Matt O’Brien went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and two RBI for LMU. Johnson Whitehead had two hits with a double and three RBI, while Nathaniel Henderson added two hits and two RBI.

West Alabama moves to 28-18 overall and 8-7 in GSC play. The Tigers return to action on Wednesday when they travel to face Stillman College in a single game beginning at 6:00 p.m.