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Chattanooga native has West Alabama rolling in GSC tourney

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Gary Rundles feels right at home in Chattanooga, and apparently that's rubbing off on his team.

The Chattanooga native and veteran head coach helped sixth-seeded West Alabama make it a perfect 2-0 so far in the Scenic City with a 4-3 win over No. 7 West Georgia in the Gulf South Conference Baseball Championships at AT&T Field.

The Tigers, who upset third-seeded West Florida in Thursday's opener, now advance to face No. 5 Valdosta State in Saturday's winner's bracket final. Valdosta State upset top-seeded Delta State 6-5 in 10 innings on Friday.

Joccoby Robinson tied the game at 3 with a two-run double in the seventh, then a Blake McLemore throwing error allowed West Alabama to take the lead.

Rundles has been West Alabama's head coach for nearly 14 years, taking over the Tigers after a successful 13-year stint as head coach at Carson-Newman. Rundles' started his coaching career in 1977 at Chattanooga Central, where he led the Pounders to a TSSAA state championship in the early 80's.

Friday's action at AT&T Field also featured a shocking early exit by No. 2 seed Alabama Huntsville, who was eliminated with a 4-1 loss to West Florida in the first game of the day.

Gulf South Conference Tournament

Friday Scores
(3) West Florida 4, (2) Alabama Huntsville 1 (UAH eliminated)
(6) West Alabama 4, (7) West Georgia 3
(4) North Alabama 10, (8) Christian Brothers 5 (Christian Brothers eliminated)
(5) Valdosta State 6, (1) Delta State 5 (10 innings)

Saturday schedule (weather permitting)
10am - (4) North Alabama vs. (7) West Georgia
1pm - (3) West Florida vs. (1) Delta State (at Chattanooga State)
1pm - (6) West Alabama vs. (5) Valdosta State

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