Montevallo falls to Flagler in extra innings

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The University of Montevallo baseball team dropped its third one-run game in a row following a 12-11 defeat at Flagler College in 10 innings in a Peach Belt Conference contest April 10.

It was also the second extra-inning loss for the Falcons (17-20 overall, 6-12 in Peach Belt Conference) in three games.

Montevallo had three players pound out three hits each, including junior Heath Peterson, freshman Will Fulmer and sophomore Austin Dubberly, a Pelham graduate. All three were 3-for-5 at the plate. Peterson added two runs scored, a double, a walk, two steals and an RBI. Fulmer had a run scored and a walk, while Dubberly had a run scored, an RBI and a walk.

Senior Scott Deason, a Spain Park graduate, was 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Freshman Justin Burgess, freshman Alec Stiver and junior Blaine Rosenberg, an Oak Mountain graduate, all added an RBI each to the effort.

Freshman Alex Guilford got the start on the mound for the Falcons as he went four innings with a strikeout, a walk and seven runs given up, including five earned runs.

Sophomore Michael Shreves pitched the next 3 2/3 innings with three walks and four runs given up. Freshman Edward Brandsema came in and did not register an out as he gave up one walk and one hit. The final Montevallo pitcher was senior Joey Noro, who went 1 2/3 innings with three walks and one run given up. Noro was credited with the loss as his record fell to 3-3 on the season.

Montevallo got on the scoreboard first, taking a quick 4-0 lead after the first two innings.

Rosenberg drove in the first run with a single off the pitchers’ leg, which scored Dubberly in the first inning. Peterson then had an RBI double to left-center field, which scored Rosenberg. In the second inning, junior Chris Ross, a Pelham graduate, hit a single to second base, which allowed Deason to score. The Falcons’ fourth run came as Dubberly hit a single to left field to score Ross.

Flagler answered with two runs in the third in the fourth innings to tie the game at 4-4. Montevallo’s offense exploded in the fifth inning as the Falcons scored six runs.

Burgess got the scoring started with an RBI single up the middle to score Fulmer. Stiver then drew a walk with the bases loaded to score Peterson. Deason followed with a double down the right field line to score Burgess and Dabbs. Stiver and Deason then scored on two wild pitches to put the Falcons ahead 10-4.

The Saints once again responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut the Falcons lead to just three runs.

Peterson then scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning to extend the Falcons’ lead to four runs, but the Saints would not go down as they responded with a run of their own in the bottom half to cut the deficit back to three runs.

Neither team scored in the seventh inning and the Saints put three runs on the scoreboard in the eighth inning to tie the game at 11-11. Montevallo was unable to score in the ninth or the 10th innings, but three walks and a hit in the bottom half of the 10th inning gave the Saints the victory.