North Alabama tops Delta State
Boughner wins fifth consecutive start to lead Lions
FLORENCE, Ala. -- Chad Boughner had a no-hitter for 7.2 innings before settling for a complete-game two-hitter as North Alabama won its series finale against Delta State 4-1 on Saturday.
Boughner, who came within one strike of a perfect game earlier this season against West Georgia, won his fifth consecutive start to improve to 7-2. He is 4-0 in the Gulf South Conference and picked up his 22nd-career win at UNA to move into second place in school history.
With the win UNA improves to 27-11 overall and 8-7 in the GSC. Delta State is now 23-9 overall and 9-6 in the GSC.
UNA scored two runs in the first inning, added another in the second and one more in the fifth to give Boughner all the run support he would need.
Boughner allowed just two base-runners over the first six innings on a walk and and an error. With two outs in the seventh, Jon Carnahan broke up the no-hitter with a single. Michael Vinson then lined a ball to left that UNA's Darrnal Moore tried to make a diving catch on but the ball went to the fence, allowing Carnahan to score. Boughner did not allow another hit, collecting his second complete-game two-hitter of the season. In his 67 innings pitched this season, Boughner has allowed just 42 hits and has struckout 72.
In the bottom of the first inning, Josh Doyle and Jake Sloan had back-to-back singles. Josh Cyr then walked to load the bases and J.P. LaMunyon walked to force in the game's first run. Josh Carpener had a sacrifice fly to right to score Sloan and make it 2-0. In the second inning, Drew Parker had a lead-off single and was sacrificed to second by Moore. Doyle then singled him in to make it 3-0. The final run came on a solo home run by Sloan in the fifth.
Josh Branstetter (2-2) took the loss for the Statesmen but pitched a complete game, allowing four runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts.