UM Falcons finish week with 4-0 mark

The University of Montevallo closed out the 2002 season on a positive note, as they won all four games last week.

UM defeated Spring Hill College on Tuesday, then swept a three-game weekend series over Lincoln Memorial University.

UM ends the season in 6th place in the GSC East, at 8-12. UM was 29-22 overall.

Final League standings (East)

North Alabama won the GSC East with a 14-5 record. Alabama-Huntsville was second at 13-6, while Valdosta State finished third at 12-9.

West Florida (10-11), West Georgia (9-11) UM (8-12), West Alabama (8-13) and Lincoln Memorial (7-14) round out the division.

Montevallo 13, Spring Hill 7

Bill Thompson went 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBI to lead the University of Montevallo to a 13-7 victory over Spring Hill College in a non-conference baseball game at SHC Tuesday afternoon.

UM collected 16 hits on the day, three each by Trent Preuitt and Drew Williamson. Preuitt drove in four runs and scored two runs.

Jeff Jones John Robson and Matt White also scored two runs each.

Ben Blankenship allowed five runs and six hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings of work to earn his fourth victory of the season.

David Epperson completed the game, allowing one run and four hits with a walk and three strikeouts to earn a save. UM led 2-1 when they scored two in the second and three runs in the third to make it a 7-1 game.

SHC scored three runs on a three-run home run by Billy Bonner in the bottom of the third inning to cut the lead to 7-4.

After UM scored a run in the top of the fourth inning, SHC scored twice in the bottom of th fourth to make it an 8-6 game. UM added two in the sixth and one in the seventh and two in the eighth.

SHC scored their final run in the seventh. The victory snapped a six-game skid for UM.

Montevallo 6-11,

Lincoln Memorial 2-3

Eric SanInocencio drove in six runs, while Trent Preuitt collected five hits in the double-header for the University of Montevallo as they swept a Gulf South Conference double-header over Lincoln Memorial University in action at Johnson Field Saturday afternoon.

UM won game one 6-2, and posted an 11-3 victory in the nightcap.

In game one, UM collected 10 hits, three by Preuitt. SanInocencio drove in three runs and had two hits, while Jeff Jones also added two hits.

Nick Vandegriff went the distance on the mound, allowing one earned run and nine hits, with no walks and nine strikeouts for his sixth victory of the season.

In game two, UM pushed across seven runs in the first inning, en route to the 11-3 victory.

UM had 13 hits in game two, two each by John Robson, Trent Preuitt, Jason Currier and Bill Thompson.

Brad Haynes started for UM, and allowed three runs and six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in five-plus innings of work for his team-leading seventh victory of the season. Nick Williams completed the game for UM.

Montevallo 4,

Lincoln Memorial 1

UM ended the 2002 season on a positive note as they defeated Lincoln Memorial University, 4-1 in a Gulf South Conference baseball game at Johnson Field Sunday afternoon.

Nick Williams went the distance on the mound for UM, allowing one run and seven hits with eight strikeouts to earn his third victory of the season. UM had six hits in the game, two by Jeff Jones. UM scored a run in the third, two in the fifth and one more in the seventh, before the visiting Railsplitters scored their run in the ninth.

Final statistical leaders

Trent Preuitt finished the season, leading the team in hitting, batting .333 for the season. Drew Downs was a close second (.331), while Bill Thompson and John Robson were next, both batting .326.

Six regulars finished with an average above .300 (Preuitt, Downs, Thompson, Robson, Jeremy Adams, Jeff Jones). UM batted .290 as a team.

Preuitt and Adams tied for the team lead in base hits (52), while Preuitt led in runs scored (40), RBI (31), doubles (15)

and stolen bases (11).

Eric SanInocencio led the team in home runs (6).

On the mound Brad Haynes led the team in wins (7) and ERA (3.92).

Nick Vandegriff led the team in games started (13) innings pitched (74.0) and was second on the team in wins (6) and ERA (4.74). UM posted a team ERA of 5.24.

Other news

The University of Montevallo will be inducting four individuals into their Athletic Hall of Fame on Monday, May 6 at the Riverchase Country Club in Birmingham.

University of Montevallo president Dr. Robert McChesney, along with Sheena Bowling (women’s basketball), Brijin Hales (volleyball) and Norm Tums (men’s golf) comprise the Class of 2002. McChesney will be honored for meritorious service.

Hughes inducted into Coker College Athletic Hall of Fame

University of Montevallo women’s soccer coach Patricia Hughes was recently inducted into the Coker College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Hughes, a 1993 graduate of Coker College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education, was a four-year standout on the women’s soccer team.

Hughes ranks as the leading goal scorer in Coker history with 58, is second in points scored (136), and is fifth all-time in assists (20).

She was twice named as an NAIA All-American, once as an NSCAA All-American, a four-time NAIA All-District performer, and was also named NSCAA All-Region four times.

She was a four-year captain at Coker and was twice named Best Offensive Player and team MVP.

Hughes guided the Lady Falcons to a 9-7 record and berth in the 2001 Gulf South Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament in Huntsville last fall