PULASKI, Tenn. -- After earning the first No. 1 national ranking in the program's history earlier on Tuesday, North Alabama went on the road and defeated Martin Methodist 7-3 to improve to 24-7 on the season.

UNA built a 7-0 lead in the game as Chad Boughner pitched eight scoreless innings before Riley Sanderson allowed three runs in relief in the ninth. It was Boughner's third consecutive appearance without allowing a run as he ran his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 22.1. The school record is 24.0 by Jim Czajkowki in 1986.

Boughner (5-2) allowed just four hits and two walks in eight innings while striking out five. Sanderson allowed three runs on three hits in one inning of relief.

UNA jumped on the Redhawks with three runs in the first inning, then got a solo home run from Michael Schmidt in the second to make it 4-0. Jake Sloan tripled and scored in the seventh and Andrew Almon singled and later scored to make it 6-0. The Lions added an insurance run in the ninth as Darrmal Moore singled, stole second and scored on a J.P. LaMunyon RBI single.

UNA out-hit Martin Methodist 14-7 in the game.