UWA downs Stillman 2-1

Published 4:18 pm Wednesday, March 27, 2013

LIVINGSTON – Gulf South Conference Player of the Week, Matthew Magee hit a sacrifice fly that drove in two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to give West Alabama a 2-1 victory over Stillman College on Wednesday at Tartt Field. Magee ended 1-for-3 at the plate and extends his hit streak to 14 games.

“We looked a little flat through the first few innings, but then we came alive and played our best defense of the year.” said UWA head coach Gary Rundles. “I thought Joel Murphy did a great job for us at shortstop. He made several plays look easy.”

West Alabama now holds a four game win streak and improves to 16-15 on the season. Stillman now falls to 12-13 overall.

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West Alabama’s Zach Parks (2-2) totaled four strikeouts and gave up only one run and three hits through the first five innings to claim the victory on the mound. Stillman’s Tyler Vails (2-5) entered in the third inning and gave up two runs to record the loss.

Brett Ivey (1) entered in the top of the ninth inning to defend the Tigers’ 2-1 lead. Ivey gave up only one hit through three batters to pick up his first save of the season.

Brett Langham led the Tigers at the plate with two hits in four at bats. Jack Cockrum and Joel Murphy recorded the UWA runs. Dustin Dunn scored the only Stillman run in the top of the second inning.

West Alabama returns to GSC play to take on #1 Delta State in a three game series beginning with a doubleheader on Friday. Game one is set for 3 p.m. in Cleveland, Miss.

“We are looking forward to playing Delta State,” said Rundles. “Today was about preparing for them. We have an opportunity to play the number one team in the nation. If we can go in and make some things happen to get a win then we can really make a name for ourselves, and that’s what we hope to do.”