UAH sweeps doubleheader, Bodine Breaks GSC hit streak record
HUNTSVILLE – The University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team finished off a four-game series at Charger Park against visiting Missouri-St. Louis with an 8-7 win followed by 26-5 victory on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Charger Park. UAH moves to 4-3, while UMSL’s record now stands at 2-2.
UAH hits the road to Miles for its next action on Wednesday. First pitch slated for 12 p.m.
UAH 8, UMSL 7
A back-and-forth affair between the Chargers and Tritons ended up in favor of the Blue & White, as Landon Ezzell delivered a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to win it 8-7 for UAH.
Garrett Bodine highlighted the beginning of the contest, as his single to lead off the bottom of the first gave him 39 consecutive games with a base hit to break the UAH baseball program record and the Gulf South Conference record. The previous record was recorded by former UAH player Vincent Kortbawi in the 2013 season.
Bodine finished the day 2-for-5 with one run scored and two stolen bases.
Brennan Vasquez recorded a team-high three hits in a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate to go along with two runs, one RBI and one walk. Three Chargers rated second on the squad with two hits apiece, including Bodine, Ezzell and Mitchell Rottier.
Will Griffith earned the win in relief, as he tossed the final 3.1 innings with one run allowed and three strikeouts. He picks up his first win of the season to improve to 1-0.
Landon Singley started for the Chargers, turning in 3.2 innings with six runs allowed and two strikeouts.
UAH 26, UMSL 5
The Chargers scored at least two runs in each of their six innings at bat, highlighted by a 13-run outburst in the sixth as UAH drubbed UMSL 26-5 in the series finale on Saturday.
UAH collected 22 base hits in the matchup, led by Landon Ezzell and Mitchell Rottier who both went 5-for-6 against the Tritons. Ezzell additionally scored a team-high five runs and added three RBI, while Rottier drove in a roster-best five runs and scored four times.
Carson Villalta rated second on the roster with three base hits to go along with three RBI, with Bodine, Brock Butler, and Jackson Lindsey each adding two base hits to give the Chargers six multi-hit performances.
Bodine’s hit streak extended to 40 games with his 2-for-3 day at the plate.
Payton Lemons earned the win in relief to improve to 1-0 this season, as he tossed 2.1 innings with one earned run allowed.
Cole Loftis started on the mound, turning in 3.1 innings and two earned runs allowed for a no-decision.