UWF falls to UNA 6-2 for first loss at the Spoon in 2 years

By Brooke Weber
Staff Writer

The University of West Florida baseball team lost its final game of the series on Sunday to the University of North Alabama 6-2 at Jim Spooner Field, giving the Argos their first home series loss in two years.

UNA put the first run on the scoreboard in the first inning, but UWF quickly tied the game when senior outfielder Ladeavon Matthews RBI single drove in freshman catcher Trevor Payne.

Senior pitcher Walker O’Connor pitched 6.2 innings in Sunday’s game and only walked one batter in the 6-2 loss to UNA. Photo by Brooke Weber.

Senior pitcher Walker O’Connor had a successful game pitching. He walked only one batter, struck out four and allowed eight hits with only two earned runs.

Head Coach Mike Jeffcoat said he was proud of Walker.

“He really gave us a chance to win,” Jeffcoat said. “We had a rough first inning and battled out of it, and he got us all the way into the seventh inning.”

The Argos’ fielding allowed them to stay tied until UNA rallied in the seventh inning, and an error allowed three unearned runs to give UNA a 5-1 lead.

Sophmore catcher Matt Sullivan’s double in the bottom of the seventh allowed Payne to score, but UNA secured the win after scoring again in the top of the eighth to make the final score 6-2.

Jeffcoat gave credit to North Alabama.

“They had a good team; they put the ball in play well and forced us to make some plays,” Jeffcoat said. “And we didn’t make some plays. That’s what cost us there in the seventh inning.”

Sophomore catcher Matt Sullivan bunts the ball before getting thrown out at first base in Sundays loss to North Alabama. Photo by Brooke Weber.

UWF is now 9-8 overall and 5-4 in the Gulf South Conference.

“We’re trying to get guys to play the game the way it needs to be played,” Jeffcoat said. “You have to pre-plan what you want to do, be ready for the ball when its hit to you and know what you’re going to do when the ball does get hit to you. Those are things we are going to continue to work on, but we can’t hit it, field it and catch it for them.”

UWF seeks redemption at the Spoon on Saturday as the Argos continue GSC play on against the University of Alabama-Huntsville at 2 p.m.

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