CLEVELAND, Miss. — UNA is still in search of its first road win after being swept in a baseball doubleheader Saturday at second-ranked Delta State.
The Lions (10-7,2-3 Gulf South Conference) fell behind early in a 14-5 loss in the opener and couldn’t hang onto a lead in the nightcap, losing 7-4 and falling to 0-6 when playing away from Mike Lane Field.The series concludes with a single game today at 2 p.m.
In the second game, UNA took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third on a two-run double by Dylan Boston.
Delta State tied it in the bottom of the inning before Boston singled and scored on a sacrifice fly for a 4-3 Lions lead in the fifth.
The Statesmen added three runs in the bottom of the frame and made the lead stand up.
Boston went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, while Josh Carpenter also was 3 for 3.
Josh Cyr batted 2 for 3 and scored twice, and Matthew Tittle was 2 for 4 and drove in a pair of runs.
Michael Watkins (1-3) took the loss for UNA, allowing five runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Delta State jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Lions ace Chad Boughner in the opener.
Jordan Chovanec started it with a leadoff double before scoring on Sam Kidd’s RBI single in the first. That snapped Boughner’s streak of 19 consecutive scoreless innings pitched.
Michael Vinson scored Kidd on a single, and the Statesmen added a single run in the second.
Thomas Lundborg doubled to lead off the third and scored on Jake Ward’s RBI single for UNA’s first run in the last three meetings with Delta.
Ben Kingsley ripped a leadoff homer in the third, and the Statesmen chased Boughner before scoring three runs with Drew Mobley on in relief for a 7-1 lead.
UNA pulled within 7-3 in the fourth, as Bradley Noland doubled in a run and scored on a Lundborg single.
Delta State pulled away, scoring the next four runs, including three straight homers to start the bottom of the fourth.
Boughner (2-2) took the loss, allowing six runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings.