UWA baseball falls to Montevallo in 9th inning

Published 8:42 am Wednesday, April 3, 2013

LIVINGSTON – Montevallo shortstop Austin Dubberly singled into right field to send the scoring run home in the top of the ninth to knock off West Alabama 2-1 at Tartt Field on Tuesday.

West Alabama ended with 14 runners left on base, a season high, to suffer its third straight loss to fall to 16-18 on the season. Montevallo now improves to 24-12.

“I thought we pitched well today,” said UWA head coach Gary Rundles.

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“We just didn’t take care of the little things. We obviously left too many people on base. When you leave 14 people on base and lose 2-1 you know you had a chance to win. We just didn’t do what we needed to do.”

Devon Davis (2-0) entered in the seventh inning for the Falcons to allow only two hits through two innings to secure the win on the mound. Brett Ivey (2-4) pitched through the last two-and-half innings, but gave up the game winning run to pick up the loss.

Cody Hughes closed down the ninth inning for Montevallo without allowing a hit to get his seventh save of the year.

Montevallo first baseman Jeremy Hyde led the Falcons at the plate finishing 3-for-4. Todd Thompson recorded the game winning run. Third baseman Mitch Holgate led the Tigers at the plate at 3-for-5.

West Alabama will now return to Gulf South Conference action as it hosts North Alabama in a three game series beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday. Game one is set for 3 p.m.

“North Alabama is going to be a quality team,” said Rundles. “They have great team speed and they pitch well. They’re going to be just like any GSC team you’re going to see, so we will have to play well.”