UAH began baseball play in 1996 under head coach Bobby Pierce, who guided the Chargers to four GSC East Division titles and one GSC championship (2001). UAH reached the NCAA Division II tournament four straight seasons (1998-2001), reaching the South Central Region finals in 1999 and 2000. Pierce would leave UAH in 2002 to become head coach at Troy State. The Chargers won the GSC championship in 2014 and earned NCAA Tournament berths in 2012 and 2014 under coach Hunter Royer.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | The Gulf South Conference released its 2017 baseball season awards on Tuesday afternoon, and The University of Alabama in Huntsville was represented by First Team All-GSC honorees Tanner Burns and Will Myers in addition to Second Team All-GSC awardee AJ Walden.
Both Burns and Myers garner their first career All-GSC honor, while Walden becomes a two-time All-GSC awardee in his career. The UAH baseball program has now garnered multiple First Team All-GSC honorees for eight straight seasons
A newcomer to the UAH baseball program for the 2017 campaign, Burns has played a stellar shortstop with 102 assists and a .958 fielding percentage over 45 starts while boasting a .310 batting average with five doubles, one homer, 23 RBI, 12 walks and a team-high 10 sac bunts. Burns’ .958 fielding percentage leads all GSC players with 100 assists or more.
Myers evolved into the ace of the Chargers weekend staff as a senior this season, as he leads the roster with a 3.01 ERA, 13 starts, two shutouts, 74.2 innings pitched, 94 strikeouts and a .176 batting average against. Additionally, Myers leads all GSC starting pitchers in league games with 85 strikeouts and a .155 batting average against.
Walden enjoyed another successful season providing a team-high 12 homers and a .607 slugging percentage in addition to posting a .314 batting average, five doubles and 35 RBI. The Albertville, Alabama, native leads the conference in league play with 11 homers and has posted 10 or more home runs in each of his three seasons in the Blue & White.
The Chargers look ahead to their eighth consecutive berth to the GSC tournament as the No. 8 seed this weekend at No. 1 seed Delta State, which is now a three-day, pool-play format that guarantees three games for each team in the tournament. UAH is set to open the GSC tournament against No. 1 seed DSU on Saturday at 8:30 p.m., prior to matchups against No. 4 seed Valdosta State on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and against No. 5 seed Union on Monday at 10 a.m.