Bubsy's complete game, Chargers' timely hitting give UAH two-game sweep
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Holding the fourth-ranked team in the country to just one run in 16 innings, 23rd-ranked Alabama-Huntsville took the first two games of the series on Saturday, 5-0 and 4-1 against West Florida at Charger Park.
UAH (23-6-1, 8-2-1 GSC) shut out the visiting Argonauts (23-8, 8-6 GSC) in game one and used a late rally in the second game to solidify the three-game series victory.
Andrew Busby stole the show in the first game of the doubleheader with a career-high 12 strikeouts, including a UAH-record of eight batters struck out looking.
Busby held West Florida to just six hits, while not allowing a run. He walked just one batter en route to improving his record to 4-1 on the season.
Despite their second-lowest total of the season of just four hits in the game, the Chargers used aggressive baserunning and timely hitting to score their five runs.
UAH plated its first run of the game in the second inning, when a wild pitch went to the backstop and allowed Vincent Kortbawi to race in to score. With a runner at first and third later in the inning, UWF catcher Garrett Flynn decided to throw down to second on a steal attempt, which then allowed Conner McCain to swipe home in the process.
As Busby continued to roll along, the Chargers added three more in the fourth inning. Chase Handley started the offense when he found a hole on the left side to bring in McCain for his second run scored in the game.
Blake Massey continued the run production with a bases-loaded two-run single later in the inning to push UAH's lead to a 5-0 lead. Massey led the way with those two RBIs and 1-for-3 at the plate.
The two teams played scoreless the remaining five innings, as Busby forced the Argos into three double plays.
Dana Wright received the start in game two. He went four innings, allowing just one earned run in the top of the first inning. Wright surrendered just three hits and picked up the win to improve his record to 2-1.
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A Massey RBI single in the second inning tied the game at one when he lined the pitch back up the middle to bring home McCain. The two squads played a tight 1-1 game until the fifth inning when UAH took its first lead.
With Justin Pearson reaching on an infield single and Chandler Brock safely advancing him to second, Kortbawi came through with an RBI double that plated Pearson as the go-ahead run. Kortbawi crushed an off-speed pitch over the right fielder's head and to the wall to give the Chargers a lead they would not relinquish.
An inning later, UAH added on a couple more when back-to-back singles had UAH in business with nobody out. Cody Burton added the first run when he smacked a single down the right field line to bring home Chase Handley. Brock added on the fourth run of the game when the team's leading hitter found the grass in left field, allowing Massey to come home.
With three runs of cushion, Cody Barrett notched his first save of the season when he sat down West Florida in order. He did not allow a baserunner and needed just seven pitches to do so.
The Argonauts had just four hits as the UAH pitching staff, which received two strong innings from reliever Codey Paulson, shut down the West Florida offense. The Chargers finished with 10 hits of their own.
It's the first time UAH has won a series and back-to-back games against West Florida since 2009.