Medley slings eight strong innings as North Alabama tops No. 6 West Florida
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Cade Medley pitched eight strong innings and North Alabama got three insurance runs in the ninth as the Lions held on for a 6-4 win against No. 6 West Florida in the series finale.
With the win, UNA moved to 14-13 overall and 5-6 in Gulf South Conference play. West Florida fell to 23-6 and 8-4.
Medley shut out the Argonauts for six innings and UNA took a 3-0 lead with two runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth. Bradley Noland doubled in two runs in the fourth and Andrew Almon drove in a run in the fifth on a fielder's choice.
Medley gave up single runs in the seventh and eighth innings as UWF cut the lead to 3-2, but UNA added three runs in the top of the ninth. Josh Carpenter singled and later scored on a wild pitch. Dylan Boston and Matthew Tittle then drove in runs with sacrifice flies.
Ben Seabrook came on to pitch for Medley in the ninth but retired just one of the four batters he faced, walking two and allowing a single. Brantley Claunch came on and hit the first batter he faced to force in a run. Another run scored on a fielder's choice before Claunch struck out Drew Prichard to end the game.
Medley (3-2) got the win, allowing just two runs on six hits in eight innings. Carpenter led UNA offensively with three hits, while Jake Ward and Almon had two each.