Lions end slump with series sweep

Senior second baseman Kyle Crabtree trots into third base in UNA’s 5-4 extra-inning victory over Mississippi College April 10 at Mike Lane Field. UNA completed the series sweep of the Choctaws, winning a double header April 9.

by Associate Sports Editor Justin Jefferies

The UNA baseball team was able to shake off their recent conference struggle, completing a three-game sweep of Mississippi College April 9-10.

After defeating the Choctaws in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Lions held a 4-1 lead heading into the final inning of the Sunday finale. Mississippi College stormed back to tie the game 4-4 and forced extra innings.

Freshman third baseman Davis Elliott led off the bottom of the 11th with a double. After senior outfielder Dylan Calhoun advanced the runner with a bunt single, senior Heath Wood drove in the winning run to close out game three and give the Lions the 5-4 win and the sweep.  

“It was huge on Davis,” said UNA head coach Mike Keehn. “He took a little breaking ball and kept it inside and laid it right on the line. It’s a game of inches, and obviously I like that this time the inches went our way.”

Calhoun extended his hitting streak to 20 games as the Lions completed their first home sweep of the 2016 season.

After a previous nine-game losing skid, the team has won four games in a row and look to build off this weekend’s momentum. 

With only a few weekend series left in the GSC season, the Lions are still battling for a postseason berth, sitting in eighth place in the conference standings. Since only the top six teams make the tournament, Keehn said it is important to stay focused down the stretch.

“We’re just going to take it one game at a time,” Keehn said. “I know it’s an old cliché, but that’s really where we’re at right now.”

UNA is back in action this coming week as they travel to play Montevallo April 13. GSC play resumes April 16-17 as UNA hosts Union University in a three game series crucial to UNA’s survival this season.