Falcons smash Tigers in non-conference game

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The University of Montevallo baseball team needed just seven innings to rack up 20 runs against the University of West Alabama in a 20-10 victory in a non-conference game Feb. 29.

The Falcons (8-8) plated four runs in the first inning, two in the second, 12 in the third, one in the fourth and one in the sixth to down the Tigers.

Junior Austin Dubberly, a Pelham High School graduate, was 3-for-5 at the plate with three runs scored. Dubberly, who was a triple away from hitting for the cycle, finished with a homer and a double while driving in three runs.

Senior Heath Peterson was 2-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored, three RBIs and a walk.

Junior Vincent Andrews was 2-for-4 as well with three runs scored, a double, two RBIs and a walk. Freshman Zack Willoughby also drove in a pair of runs while going 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and a pair of hit by pitches.

Every Montevallo player who had an at-bat drove in at least one run during the game, while four had more than one RBI.

The Falcons used five pitchers during the seven-inning affair, with junior Kincaid Koehler earning the win to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Three of the Montevallo pitchers held the Tigers scoreless, including Koehler, junior Nathan Flanagan and sophomore Edward Brandsema. Koehler allowed just one hit over his two innings pitched, while Flanagan and Brandsema each held the Tigers hitless in two innings combined.

The Tigers’ pitching staff issued eight walks and hit five Montevallo batters for a combined 13 free bases. Montevallo had just 11 hits to score 20 runs, while West Alabama finished with five costly errors.

The Falcons will return to action Saturday, March 3 at noon as they travel to UNC-Pembroke for a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader.