Falcons soar over Braves in weekend series finale 11-4
After a gut wrenching game one loss that ended 6-5,with Uncp first baseman Hayden Buffkin’s walk-off home run, Montevallo was able to regroup in a strong way with back to back wins.
The Falcons outscored the Braves 22-6 in the next two contests to clinch the Peach Belt series Conference opener between the two.
Coming into the contest both teams proved to be very efficient behind the plate and this game was no different as both teams combined for an impressive 20 hits. The visiting Falcons struck in the top of the 1st inning when DH Jeremy Hyde delivered a two-run bomb to put his team up 2-0, it would be his first of two on the day. The Falcons compiled seven runs within the first four innings and never looked back.
Montevallo’s offense was anchored by the trio of Hyde who finished 2-4 on the day, Shortstop Dane Hutcheon had a team high three hits as he went 3-4, and Collin Dupree finished a perfect 2-2 in the contest hitting from the seventh spot.
Being ahead took pressure off Freshman hurler Jamison Roney(2-0), in his second career start and he delivered a dominant performance on the rubber surrendering only five hits, he also fanned four batters, and held the Braves offense scoreless into the seventh inning on his way to earning the win.
After a sluggish start The Braves finally showed some life against the Falcons relievers in the bottom of the 8th putting up three runs to cut the deficit to 8.
Sophomore Shortstop Roberto Rivera got the Braves on the board and finished with a solid 2-4 day, second baseman Nick Salisbury also contributed to the run total and finished with two hits on the day.
Left Fielder Stibel Aleman Saba also had a solid game for UNCP making a couple nice plays in the outfield and also finishing 2-4 at the plate with an RBI.
Senior Pitcher Logan Cook (1-1),came into the contest confident after a dominate showing last weekend, but he was roughed up in this one. He gave up seven runs, off eight hits and two errors before he was pulled in the fifth and eventually charged with the loss. Reliever Justin White came in and provided two spectacular innings not allowing any hits, runs, or errors, before being pulled/by skipper Paul O’Neil.
Both teams have a long season ahead and will face plenty of tests in the always ultra competitive Peach Belt Conference. Montevallo will hit the diamond Wednesday to take on State Rival 22-ranked West Alabama (7-4), before concluding the weekend in a road series against Augusta University (8-4).
Uncp (7-2, 1-2) will have to bounce back quickly from the series loss as they are set to host 14th- ranked Millersvile (5-1), on Thursday before a weekend series with Shppensburg (2-4), to close out the week at home.