UWA pitching shuts down Miles

Published 11:10 am Thursday, April 18, 2013

LIVINGSTON – Eight West Alabama pitchers combined to allow only seven hits in a 7-2 victory over Miles College on Wednesday. The win completes a season sweep over regional opponent Miles for the Tigers.

“We pitched well and had a strong defense today,” said UWA head coach Gary Rundles.

“Offensively we swung the bats on occasion, but were still not good enough. We need to continue to pick it up offensively. We got this one behind us and now we have a big weekend coming up where we will hopefully pick up the pace offensively. It was a good chance to work some guys in on the mound, so that when we call on them this weekend they will be ready.”

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West Alabama now improves to 21-21 on the season with only seven games left. Miles College now falls to 8-19 overall.

Zach Parks (3-3) started on the mound for UWA and pitched through two innings allowing only one hit to get the win. James

Gardner (1-4) gave up all seven runs through six innings to pick up the loss.

West Alabama leadoff batter Matthew Magee recorded his second homerun of the season on the first pitch in the bottom of the first inning to give the Tiger’s their first lead. Magee ended 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Chase Williams accounted for one of the two Golden Bear runs and finished 2-for-4 at the plate.

West Alabama now returns to Gulf South conference action as they travel to take on No. 11 Alabama-Huntsville in a three game series starting with a doubleheader on Saturday. Game one is set for 3 p.m.

“This will be a big series for us,” said Rundles. “They are the team ahead of us in the conference and if we can win the series we should be able to move ahead of them. UAH is a quality program and will be a good test for us.”