Lions take two in spring break double-header

North Alabama junior outfielder T.J. Lockett eyes up the umpire at the plate during the Lions’ home game versus Shorter Feb. 26. The Lions earned a 2-0 sweep over visiting Miles during a midweek double-header March 28.

After suffering a three-game skid at Delta State March 25-26, the North Alabama baseball team got back in the “W” column with a 2-0 sweep of visiting Miles College Tuesday in a midweek double-header.

The Lions improved to 18-13 overall with the 4-0 and 13-2 victories.

“We haven’t played well in midweek games this season, and I think we showed a different level of energy today than we have in previous non-conference games,” said UNA head coach Mike Keehn.

In game one, UNA and Miles were back-and-forth in what looked like would be a classic pitchers duel until the fourth inning. Junior outfielder T.J. Lockett and sophomore infielder Davis Elliot each earned the first two hits for UNA and would eventually cross home plate to put the Lions up 2-0 headed to the fifth.

UNA would later add two more runs to its tally to take a 4-0 victory.

Junior pitcher Shane Priest earned the win in the shutout while giving up two runs in five innings pitched. Fellow junior Lane Wallace got the save.  

In the second game, the bats were swinging for UNA as it earned 13 runs on 13 hits, including three from junior Brandt Holland. Holland was one of four Lions to have multiple hits in the finale.

Keehn said this series was good to not only put distance on the Delta State series, but also to prepare the team for what lies ahead in the next Gulf South Conference showdown against an in-state rival.

“The main thing is that we got back on the winning path today,” he said. “Now we have to prepare for Alabama-Huntsville this weekend. They’re going to be one heck of a challenge.”

The Lions will face the Chargers in Huntsville April 1-2 in a pivotal GSC matchup, as UAH sits two games behind UNA in the conference standings.