Falcons finish undefeated in mid-week games with win over TigersPublished 9:08am Thursday, April 25, 2013
FROM STAFF REPORTS
MONTEVALLO – The University of Montevallo baseball team finished the season undefeated in mid-week games following a 10-1 win over visiting University of West Alabama in a non-conference game April 24 at Kermit A. Johnson Field.
The Falcons (30-16), who finished 13-0 in mid-week games this season, also finished undefeated against teams from the state of Alabama with the victory. In addition to a sweep of the Tigers, Montevallo defeated North Alabama three times and UAH, Stillman College and Miles College twice this season.
“We really played the game well in all areas tonight,” said Montevallo coach Chandler Rose. “When we do that we are a very good baseball team. I’m really proud and thankful of our four seniors and everything they’ve done for the program. It was great seeing Devon Davis have the best game of his career on Senior Night and Austin Dubberly getting the big triple. I’m excited for the weekend and all the games we have coming up. We have a lot to play for the next couple weeks and I’m really excited the kids have this opportunity.”
Senior Austin Dubberly led the Falcons on Senior Night, as the Falcons honored their four-man senior class of Dubberly, Andrew Hill, Michael Shreves and Devon Davis before the game. Dubberly, who finished 2-for-5 at the plate with a triple, drove in three runs and scored one run in the win.
Freshman Jeremy Hyde, who drove in one run and scored one run, finished 1-for-2 at the plate with a double. Fellow freshman Michael Simmons, who drove in one run and scored one run, went 1-for-4 at the plate with a double.
Freshman Thomas Bradey, who finished 1-for-3 at the plate, drove in one run and scored two runs. SophomoreZack Willoughby went 1-for-3 at the plate and drove in one run. Junior Will Fulmer and sophomore Cody Whitescored one run each in the victory.
Davis picked up the win to improve his record to 4-1 this season. Davis allowed just one earned run on five hits with seven strikeouts without allowing a walk in seven innings on the mound.
West Alabama took a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first inning. Mathew Magee led off the game with a double to center field before scoring on a RBI sacrifice fly by Mitch Holgate later in the inning.
The Falcons plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 2-1 lead. Slaid led off the inning with a solo homer over the left-field wall. Bradey, who reached on a walk, came around to score on a RBI single to left field by Willoughby.
Montevallo pushed its lead to 6-1 with four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Hill, who reached on an error, Hyde, who was hit by a pitch, and Fulmer, who reached on a walk, all came around to score on a bases-clearing, three-run triple to center field by Dubberly. Dubberly scored moments later on a RBI double to center field by Rodriguez.
The Falcons took a 7-1 lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Bradey, who singled up the middle, came around to score on a RBI double down the left-field line by Hyde.
Montevallo added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to push its lead to 9-1. Slaid, who was hit by a pitch, came around to score on a RBI double to left field by Simmons. Simmons scored moments later on one of West Alabama’s five errors in the game.
The Falcons added their final run in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 10-1 lead. White, who reached on a walk, scored later in the inning on a RBI sacrifice fly to right field by Rodriguez.
Montevallo returns to action with a three-game Peach Belt Conference series on the road at Georgia College this weekend.
First pitch in the series opener in Milledgeville, Ga. is set for Friday, April 26 at 1 p.m. CST.