UWA baseball sweeps series against Christian Brothers

Published 9:07 am Monday, March 31, 2014

Joel Murphy’s hot shot through a drawn-in Christian Brothers infield in the ninth inning drove in the game-winning run, lifting West Alabama to a 3-2 win in game two and a sweep of a Gulf South Conference doubleheader over CBU Sunday at Nadicksbernd Field. The Tigers won the opener, 9-6.

West Alabama swept the three-game series over CBU, improving to 21-9 overall, 10-7 in GSC play with its fifth straight win. Christian Brothers dropped to 7-24 and 1-17.

“You will always take a series sweep on the road in the Gulf South Conference,” UWA head coach Gary Rundles said. “I am proud of our guys for staying focused on what we need to do.”

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Trey Williamon and Jocobby Robinson had three hits apiece in the first game for West Alabama. Mitch Holgate hit his sixth home run of the season in the opener, a three-run shot in a six-run sixth inning.

“Jocobby and Trey did an excellent job at the plate for us in the series, but when you get 39 hits in a series, your whole ball club is doing fairly well,” Rundles said. “I was pleased with the way Tanner Rainey came up big on the mound in the third game as well.”

Robinson extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the second game, making him 5-for-8 with three runs batted in in the series. He reached base eight times with a pair of sacrifices over the three games.

Williamon’s two hits in the nightcap gave him five in the doubleheader with a pair of RBI. He reached base 10 times in the series. Daniel Bolte had a pair of hits in the second game.

Taylor Bratton (2-3) allowed two runs on just three hits over seven innings to earn the pitching win in game one. Brock Ward picked up his third save. CBU starter Mac Cooley (0-4) took the loss.

Rainey (2-0) picked up the win the second game in relief of starter Fernando Gonzalez. Rainey worked 2.2 innings, with six of his eight outs coming via strikeout. CBU reliever Peyton Sanderlin (1-4) took the loss.

West Alabama, currently 5-1 on its current seven-game road swing, plays at William Carey Tuesday. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.