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Railsplitters split twin bill with ninth-ranked Alabama-Huntsville

HARROGATE, TN -- The Railsplitters turned in a dominant effort in a 12-1 win over the ninth-ranked Chargers of Alabama-Huntsville in game one of their series before UAH returned the favor with a 12-5 win in the finale, as the two teams split a non-conference twin bill at Lamar Hennon Field on Wednesday. Lincoln Memorial University stays even at 21-21 on the season with the split, while Alabama-Huntsville moved to 29-8-1.

The 'Splitters will now direct their attention towards the final weekend series of the 2013 campaign, as they host Lenoir-Rhyne University for a trio of South Atlantic Conference duels in Harrogate, Tennessee, beginning with the nine-inning opener on Friday, April 12 at 4 p.m.

Game One Box
Lincoln Memorial 12
Alabama-Huntsville 1

Freshman Wes Todd led the Railsplitters on the mound with 6.1 innings of seven-hit and one-run ball, as he improved to 4-1 on the season after fanning five batters over that span. Todd showed poise well beyond his years, pitching out of several sticky situations to keep the potent Charger offensive attack grounded.

Todd only allowed five hits through the first six innings of play before UAH got him for a pair of hits in the top of the seventh, breaking the shutout with a RBI single by Robbie Friedlein. Austin Pittman came on in relief in after that run-scoring hit and immediately evoked a game-ending double play ball to give the Chargers only their eighth loss of the season.

The offensive attack for the Railsplitters provided plenty of run support for the young hurler, as they scored early and often to mount a insurmountable lead in the contest.

Andre Rodriguez drove in the first run of the game with an RBI double in the bottom of the first, which was only the beginning of what would be a powerful display at the plate for Lincoln Memorial.

The bottom of the third saw the Railsplitters awaken offensively, as they scattered five hits and took advantage of two miscues by the Charger defensive unit to hang a six spot on the board. Scott Miller, Andre Rodriguez, Nick Pressley and Josh Coker each tallied run-scoring hits in that frame to pace LMU's scoring outburst.

Nick Pressley added another run with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the fourth, and Cody Baker doubled home another run in the bottom of the fifth. Nick Morabito plated a run with an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth, and the Railsplitters poured on two more in that frame on a single by Nolan Woody and an RBI groundout by Josh Coker.

The Chargers found themselves with several terrific scoring opportunities early in the contest. Conner McCain singled and Jud Sherrill doubled in back-to-back at-bats to lead off the top of the second, however, Todd shut the inning down by inducing a strikeout, a fielder's choice and a fly out.

In the top of the fourth, Conner McCain led off with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch before he was left stranded following a groundout, a strikeout and a pop out.

The top half of the Railsplitters' batting order carried the team in a 14-hit showing. Two-hole hitter Scott Miller led all players with three hits to go along with one RBI and two runs. Cody Baker, Andre Rodriguez and Nick Pressley chimed in with two hits apiece.

Cody Barrett was saddled with the loss for the Chargers after surrendering seven hits and four earned runs in 2.2 innings of work. He drops to 1-2 on the season in defeat.

Brandon Lawing and Conner McCain led the Chargers with two hits apiece in the losing effort.

Lincoln Memorial 12, Alabama-Huntsville 1 (Apr 10, 2013 at Harrogate, TN) (Game 1)
Alabama-Huntsville.. 000 000 1 - 1 7 2 (28-8-1)
Lincoln Memorial.... 106 113 X - 12 14 0 (21-20)
Pitchers: Alabama-Huntsville - Cody Barrett; Willard Bacon(3); Ricky Ray Clayton(4) and
Justin Riddle; Tyrone Smith. Lincoln Memorial - Wes Todd; Austin Pittman(7) and Nolan Woody.
Win-Wes Todd(4-1) Loss-Cody Barrett(1-2) T-2:11 A-200
Weather: Partly cloudy, low 80s

Game Two Box
Alabama-Huntsville 12
Lincoln Memorial 5

The ball was flying out of the park in the night cap, as the two teams collectively slammed six home runs in the contest.

UAH and LMU traded two-run home runs in the first frame, as Chandler Brock popped a two-run job for the Chargers and Andre Rodriguez answered for LMU with a two-run bomb in the home half of that frame.

Alabama-Huntsville reasserted control of the game behind a three-run outburst in the top of the third. Conner McCain drove home the first run with a double down the left field line, while Chase Handley plated another with a sacrifice fly out and Jordan Shusteric drew a bases loaded walk to cap the scoring.

The Railsplitters used the long ball to fight back into the game, as Scott Miller sent a two-run home run into the night in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to 5-4 and Josh Coker knotted the game with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth.

However, the Chargers regained the lead for good in the top of the fifth, using a solo home run by Chase Handley to take a 6-5 lead.

In the top of the sixth, UAH hung six runs on the board, half of which came off of a three-run bomb by Jud Sherrill. Conner McCain notched an RBI single, Jordan Shusteric drew a bases loaded walk and Cody Burton tallied a sacrifice fly out to push the Chargers out on top, 12-5.

The Railsplitters would scrounge for a hit in both the sixth and seventh frame, however, they would come up empty in those scoring chances, as they fell 12-5 in the finale.

Austin Pittman was saddled with the loss, falling to 0-2 on the season after allowing one earned run in 2.1 innings of relief.

The 'Splitters nine-hit outing was paced by two hits apiece from Cody Baker, Scott Miller and Josh Coker.

Brady Ray was issued the win after tossing a nearly unblemished three innings in relief. He only allowed one hit without a run over that span to improve to 3-2 on the season.

Chandler Brock and Conner McCain spearheaded the offensive efforts of the Chargers with two hits apiece.

Alabama-Huntsville 12, Lincoln Memorial 5 (Apr 10, 2013 at Harrogate, TN) (Game 2)
Alabama-Huntsville.. 203 016 0 - 12 9 0 (29-8-1)
Lincoln Memorial.... 202 100 0 - 5 9 0 (21-21)
Pitchers: Alabama-Huntsville - Drew Eiland; Brady Ray(4); Luke Mould(7) and Tyrone Smith.
Lincoln Memorial - Dillon Swaggerty; Austin Pittman(3); Ian Creager(6); Nick Morabito(6);
Austin Johnson(6) and Nolan Woody; Nick Pressley.
Win-Brady Ray(3-2) Loss-Austin Pittman(0-2) T-2:30 A-0
HR UAH - Chandler Brock (3); Jud Sherrill (3); Chase Handley (2).
HR LMU - Scott Miller (1); Andre Rodriguez (3); Josh Coker (9).
Weather: Clear, low 80s

D. Eiland faced 1 batter in the 4th.

N. Morabito faced 4 batters in the 6th.
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