West Alabama senior Zach Parks shut out Arkansas-Pine Bluff for seven innings, and the Division II Tigers’ starting nine had at least one hit in a 13-0 win over the Golden Lions on Friday in the first game of a three-game series at the Torii Hunter Baseball Complex.
Parks scattered six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in his sixth win of the season.
Division II West Alabama (17-9) scored four runs in the first, four runs in the third, one in the fifth, three in the eighth and one in the ninth. Senior Jocobby Robinson led the Tigers’ offense, finishing the day 3 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Joel Murphy had two hits and four RBIs and Jack Cockrum was 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI. The only starting player who didn’t have at least two hits was Mitch Holgate, who had just one hit in five appearances. He also had an RBI and a run scored.
Kyle Schwartz is tagged with the loss for UAPB (7-14). He pitched three innings, allowing eight runs (eight earned) on eight hits with three walks and one strikeout.
Murphy had a two-run single in the first and a two-run single in the eighth. Cockrum’s leadoff double in eighth was West Alabama’s only extra base hit in Friday’s game.
UAPB had a couple of scoring opportunities in the later innings but came up empty handed each time.
In the bottom of the seventh, Joshua Cassidy led off the inning with a single and Jerimiah Figueroa walked to put two runners on with no outs.
Jordan Haas popped up to third and Mitch Bruckshaw hit into a double play to end the inning.
Rashawn Tillman and Mike Wieland led off the bottom of the eighth with a pair of walks. Kirby Campbell hit into a double play for the second time in the game – moving Tillman to third.
Andre Davis – who finished 1 for 3 with a double – popped up to the shortstop to end the inning.
Tillman and Wieland reached on a pair of singles to lead off the sixth inning as well. But Tillman was picked off in a run down between second and third. Wieland was able to advance to second on the play.
Campbell flew out to right field and after a walk to Davis, Isias Alcantar grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning.
Tillman led the Lions with two hits in three trips with a walk. Wieland, Alcantar, and Cassidy had a hit each for UAPB.
It is the first time since losing 11-0 to Oklahoma on Feb. 19 that UAPB has been shut out.
For West Alabama, Logan Colvin and Matt Betts combined for two hitless innings to close out the game. Colvin did allow a pair of walks but was able to escape the jam.
UAPB relief pitcher Jaron Gold pitched three innings, allowing one run (earned) on five hits with a walk. Redmond Floyd pitched two-thirds of an inning in the eighth, but he gave up three runs (all earned) with four hits with two walks.
The Tigers tallied 19 hits and left 15 runners on base. UAPB had just six hits and left seven runners on base.
The series will continue today beginning at 2 p.m.
GOLDEN LIONS NOTES
Because UAPB head coach Carlos James was tossed in a game against Southern and Arkansas-Little Rock earlier this season, James sat out Friday’s game against West Alabama. He is hoping his self-imposed benching will be enough so he does not have to miss any conference games. … Figueroa – who leads the team with a .313 batting average – finished the day 0 for 3 with a walk. … The Lions are now 0-13 in nonconference play. They will host Texas Southern next weekend beginning with a doubleheader on March 29.