William Carey snaps UWA baseball’s win streak

Published 9:21 am Thursday, April 3, 2014

A five-run sixth inning propelled William Carey to a 6-4 college baseball victory over West Alabama Wednesday at Milton Wheeler Field.

The Crusaders improved to 22-18 with the win and snapped a five-game winning streak for the Tigers. West Alabama closed its seven-game road swing with a 21-10 overall record.

West Alabama drew first blood, scoring three runs in the top of the fifth inning on Jocobby Robinson and Mitch Holgate singles and a double down the left field line by Tyler Richburg. William Carey answered with a run in the bottom of the frame when Clint Ambrosch doubled with two outs and scored on a single by J.C. Cassidy.

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The Tigers stretched the lead to 4-1 in the sixth when Adam Chamblee walked and later scored on a double play ball off the bat of Joel Murphy.

The Crusaders parlayed just two hits and a pair of West Alabama errors to touch up the Tiger bullpen for five runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Daniel Bolte and Robinson had two hits each for West Alabama. Bolte reached base four times in as many at bats. Robinson extended his hitting streak to 16 games and Holgate has now hit in 12 straight.

Reliever Barnes Bankston (2-2) picked up the pitching win, not allowing a run in 3.1 innings. UWA reliever Donnie Elliott (0-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs in just a third of an inning in relief of starter Steven Glasgow. Glasgow allowed just three hits and a run in five innings.

Ambrosch had a pair of hits to lead the Crusaders’ offense.

West Alabama closes its home schedule with a three-game Gulf South Conference series against Shorter this weekend at Tartt Field. First pitch for Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled for 2 p.m. with a single game Sunday at 1. Sunday will be Senior Day for eight Tiger players.