UNA Lions baseball takes down Auburn University-Montgomery Warhawks

The Lions beat the Warhawks of Auburn University-Montgomery to take their record to 19-6 overall. The midweek win comes between a big GSC series win last weekend against West Florida and an upcoming weekend conference series at West Georgia.

The scoring exploded for the Lions in the second inning. After three singles in a row loaded the bases and had the Warhawks stunned, an RBI double from Darrmal Moore brought in two runs and lit the fuse. An RBI single from J.P. LaMunyon coupled with a throwing error from AUM brought the score to 4-0. With two men still on base, UNA first baseman Josh Cyr came to the plate and crushed a three-run home run to put the Lions up 7-0.

“I got behind in the count 0-2, and so I was sitting on a fast ball,” Cyr said. “He gave it to me and I hit it out. I was kind of in a bit of a slump, so that felt good.”

Two fielding errors for AUM allowed UNA to get men at second and third to start the seventh inning. An RBI fielder’s choice by Andrew Almon tallied another run before Lendon Ehlmann blasted an RBI double off the wall to make it 9-1. Behind in the count himself, and with two outs, Michael Schmidt capped off the inning with a two-run home run down the right field line.

Andrew Hills had a solid day on the mound, only surrendering one run on five hits. In the eighth inning, Jacob Westerhouse came in for relief. A brief miscommunication by the Lions’ middle infielders allowed AUM to load the bases before going on to a four-run inning, bringing the score to 11-5.

Ben Seabrook came in to close out the game and made quick work of the Warhawks, sending the Lions to victory and a three-game winning streak.

“The hardest part about playing a midweek game is that we come out here right after our classes, so we are a little bit flat at the start,” Cyr said. “It’s harder to get pumped up before a Wednesday game than it is a weekend game. After we get out there, though, we pick up the intensity.”