UWF completes sweep over Alabama Huntsville

By Chris Cody
Staff writer

On Sunday, the University of West Florida baseball team completed its sweep of Alabama Huntsville and improved its record to 21-9 with a 9-6 victory.

“Early in the game, we were making a lot of early outs and they were throwing a lot of off-speed pitches so we just had to make some adjustments and were able to get going,” coach Mike Jeffcoat said.

The Argos have won five straight and 16 out of their last 17 games. UWF is now tied for first with Delta State in the Gulf South with a conference record of 11-3.

First baseman Robert Lopez scored two runs for the Argos on Sunday. (Photo by Chris Cody)

UAH struck first when it scored in the third inning after an RBI single from senior left fielder Ben Rhodes.

UWF responded in the fourth inning when freshman left fielder Matthew Estrada drove in two runs after hitting an RBI single past the third baseman to give the Argos the lead.

The sixth inning was crucial for the Argos as they took control of the game. It started when sophomore second baseman Mason Dinesen drove in junior first baseman Robert Lopez to give the Argos a two run lead.

Then, with the bases loaded, senior DH Nick Kerkmann was hit by a pitch which brought home Dinesen. Then junior third baseman Joey Bend hit a two run double to center field which extended the Argos lead to five.

Junior catcher Matt Sullivan capped the inning by driving in two more runs to give the Argos an 8-1 lead.

UWF junior starting pitcher Kirk Maddox got the win and pitched well for the first six innings allowing only one run and striking out seven.

However, in the seventh inning he got no outs and allowed four runners to reach base and all four scored which gave him five earned runs for the game. UAH scored 5 runs in the seventh inning as now the Argos only led 8-6.

The Argos added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh inning when Estrada hit his first home run of the season over the left field wall.

Alabama Huntsville’s starting pitcher Riley Camp prepares to throw his first pitch of the game. (Photo by Chris Cody)

“Estrada plays bigger than a true freshman, he may make a few mistakes but he often comes through for us,” Jeffcoat said.

Junior pitcher Whitt Davis came on in the eighth inning and pitched two innings giving up zero runs and striking out two in route to get his second save of the season.

UWF will play again on Friday against West Georgia at home in a doubleheader starting a 2 p.m. and on this weekend the Argos will be hosting Strike Out Cancer games in order to raise money for cancer research.

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