UAH ends No. 1 UWF’s 22-game streak
Argos see school-record win streak come to end at UAH
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- After a dominant 8-0 win in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, No. 1 West Florida had its school record 22-game winning streak come to an end in a 9-5 loss to Alabama-Huntsville. With the split, the Argonauts will head into Sunday’s series finale with an overall record of 36-5 and a 11-2 mark in Gulf South Conference play, while the Chargers are now 25-15, 7-6.
Senior Jason Postill was dominant in UWF’s game one victory, pitching eight scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts while allowing just three hits and one walk. Postill improved to 10-0 with the win. Senior Zach North came in to relieve Postill in the ninth, and he pitching a perfect inning, retiring the Chargers in order.
The Argonauts scored one run in the first, second and fifth innings to claim a 3-0 lead. Senior Greg Pron drove in the first and third runs for UWF, and the run in the fifth came on Pron’s solo home run to right field.
The game was still close heading into the eighth, but the Argonauts rallied for three runs in the eighth and two in the ninth, extending their lead to 8-0. Senior catcher Tyler Hastings hit a two-run home run to highlight the eighth inning rally, while junior second baseman Justin Bennett hit a pinch-hit RBI double to highlight the ninth.
UAH starter Ryan Frevert (4-3) took the loss for the Chargers, allowing six runs in eight innings.
The second game was a dramatic back-and-forth contest that featured four lead changes. Junior Ben Hawkins got the start for UWF and struggled to find the strike zone, walking five batters and allowing eight runs in 4.1 innings. The left-hander did strike out six, but he finished with his first loss of the year, falling to 9-1 on the season.
UWF got on the scoreboard first when Pron led off the second with a double and came home on an RBI single by junior Korey Domenick. The Chargers rallied for three runs in the bottom of the second, as three walks by Hawkins all came around to score. The first run came home on a wild pitch, and the next two on a two-run double by Ty Chancelor. The double by Chancelor was nearly caught by UWF’s senior center fielder Dustin Lawley, but Lawley’s diving attempt came up just short.
UAH held a 3-1 lead until the fifth, when a fielding error by the Chargers started a rally for UWF. Bennett reached on the error to lead off the inning, and a single by Lawley put runners at first and third. Pron then stepped to the plate and drove one over the center field wall, bringing in three runs and giving UWF a 4-3 lead. The home run was Pron’s second of the day and fifth of the season.
The Argonauts’ lead was short-lived, as UAH rallied for six runs in the bottom of the fifth. Hawkins struck out the first batter, but he then allowed a single and two walks, loading the bases for cleanup hitter Eric Deese. Deese hit one sharply up the middle, scoring two runs and putting UAH on top 5-4. After another run came in on a single, Hawkins was relieved by junior Jordan Rasinski. Rasinski lasted only four batters, giving up two walks and a hit and allowing two more runs to score. North came in to relieve Rasinski and got out of the inning, but UAH led 9-4 going into the sixth.
The Argos did score one run in the seventh on a throwing error, but reliever Dustin Bryant got out of the inning and closed out the 9-5 win for the Chargers.
Ryan Griffin (5-1) picked up the win for UAH, allowing five runs, one earned, in 6.1 innings pitched.
The Argonauts will look to salvage the series with a win on Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m.