Braves Rally To Take Series Opener At Montevallo
MONTEVALLO, Ala. – Montevallo used a costly error to plate a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning, but 12th-ranked UNCP rallied for six unanswered runs, including four with two outs showing on the scoreboard, to post a 6-2 win over the Falcons in the series opener on Saturday evening at Johnson Field.
The victory snapped a three-game road losing streak for UNCP (11-1, 3-1 PBC) who also snapped a two-game skid against the Falcons as well. The setback put an end to a two-game winning streak for Montevallo (6-6, 2-2) who had won three of its last four outings coming into the weekend.
Daniel Fraga singled three times on four trips to the plate to pace the Braves who also got 2-for-4 nights from Jordan Edgerton, Ben Schmucker and Zade Denton. Zack Willoughby registered a 3-for-4 night to lead the Falcons.
Ethan Carter (4-0) allowed a pair of runs (one earned) in the first to snap a personal scoreless inning streak that had reached 22-1/3 innings, but still picked up the win after striking out eight and scattering five hits and a pair of walks over 8-1/3 quality innings from the hill. Patrick McMahon struck out one and grabbed his first save of the season after recording the final two outs in the ninth.
Michael Shreves (2-2) saddled the loss for the Falcons after yielding four earned runs on eight hits and four walks in 6-1/3 innings of work. He also struck out three.
The Falcons moved a pair of runners into scoring position on an ill-timed error by the Braves with one out in the first, and Jackson Slaid completed the damage with a two-run single up the middle to give the hosts the early 2-0 advantage. The Braves would rally quickly to tie the score, however, cutting their deficit in half on Denton's RBI single with two outs in the second, and then knotting the score back up on Fraga's two-out single in the fifth.
The visitors took their first lead of the outing on Drew Alford's RBI single with two outs in the fifth, and then added an insurance score when Drew Cole scurried home on a wild pitch with two outs in the seventh. Consecutive run-scoring doubles by Schmucker and Brett Huffman in the eighth would provide the final.
The squads will close out their weekend series with a 1 p.m. EST doubleheader on Sunday.