UWF dominated by AUM in series finale

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Staff writer

The University of West Florida’s baseball team fell to Auburn-Montgomery on Saturday with the final score being 11-3, with this loss the Argos overall record falls to 27-12.

The Argos won the first two games of the series with AUM only scoring one run total in those games. In a bizarre stat, the Argos actually had the same number of hits as AUM but was outscored by eight runs.

(Photo by Morgan Givens)

West Florida Gulf South conference record is now 17-6 and they are currently in second place in the GSC standings behind Delta State.

“We have to address some things in order to see how bad these guys want it, no discredit to any of these teams but we play like a totally different team in the third game,” Coach Mike Jeffcoat said on UWF’s struggle recently in finishing off the sweep.  

AUM jumped on the Argos in the first inning as they scored two runs with some help after the Argos committed a throwing error in the inning.

The second inning wasn’t any better for UWF as AUM added three more runs in the second inning which gave them a five-run lead. UWF starting pitcher Kirk Maddox only pitched 1 1/3 innings before he was pulled for sophomore Jared Middleton.

Middleton pitched a perfect third inning before running into trouble in the fourth where he got no outs and gave up four runs. Middleton was the taken out of the game for senior Jared Gonzales. Gonzales got out of the inning as AUM now had a nine-run lead.

Nick Kerkmann lead the team with three hits for the game. (Photo by Morgan Givens)

Gonzales had the best run of any Argo pitcher as he went three innings without giving up a run and only allowed one hit.

UWF had the bases loaded with nobody on but scored one run after second baseman Matt Dinesen hit into a double play and center fielder Matthew Estrada flew out to left.

The Argos added another run in the eighth inning after third baseman Joey Bend singled home left fielder Matt Sullivan making the score 9-2. Sullivan leads the GSC in doubles this season and has been one of UWF’s most productive hitters for the year.

“I don’t really aim for doubles, I just try to hit hard line drives and if it happens to turn into doubles I will take it,” Sullivan said.

UAM added two more runs in the top of the ninth inning extending their lead to nine. UWF responded by scoring a run of their own after Sullivan grounded out and scored Estrada, which was the last run either team scored as the game finished 11-3.

UWF will begin a six game road trip starting against North Georgia this Tuesday. UWF’s next home game will be against Valdosta State in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 28.