By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
Former Louisville High School standout Brock Ward is having a strong junior season for the University of West Alabama baseball team.
After playing two seasons at East Central Community College and spending one year at Mississippi State, Ward has fit right into place in the UWA bullpen.
So far this season the 6-foot-2, 210-pound right-hander has appeared in seven games for the 16-8 UWA Tigers and is second on the team with two saves, including a solid two-inning performance against Valdosta State in a 10-5 Gulf South Conference win on Saturday.
He has pitched 8.1 innings so far this season, and allowed just two earned runs for a 2.16 ERA. He has given up just five hits and three walks, while striking out six. Opponents are hitting just .185 against him.
His first save of the season came on Feb. 1, when he tossed 1.1 innings of perfect ball to close the door on a 2-1 win for the Tigers over Columbus State. He longest outings of the season came against Valdosta State on Saturday and West Georgia on Feb 23 when he went two innings in each contest.
The UWA Tigers, who are now 7-7 in GSC play, were set to visit Montevallo on Tuesday before hitting the road for a three-game non-conference series against NCAA Division I opponent Arkansas-Pine Bluff this weekend.
The Tigers will then have five more road games before they return home for a GSC doubleheader against Shorter (Ga.) College on April 5.