Athletic News

February 06, 2010
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Hawks Fall in 2010 Season Opener to Mississippi College, 5-2

MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Despite a pair of hits from senior Kyle Eller, including his first home run of the season, the Huntingdon baseball team dropped a 5-2 decision to Mississippi College in each team’s season opener on Saturday at Posey Field.

Eller led the Hawks (0-1) with the two hits, while senior Chris Knight, junior Drew Harrell and freshman Austin White each added singles. The ninth-inning hit by White was the first of his collegiate career.

Senior Alex Sanford (0-1) struck out seven in 5.0 innings of work, but also walked four and scattered three hits. However, the Prattville native allowed three runs, only one of which was earned, to take the loss.

Fellow senior Scott Holloway saw his first action since the final game of the 2008 season, as he tossed 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing two runs on two hits, while striking out one. Junior Ryan Harrison tossed 2/3 of an inning, while sophomore Caleb Cofield worked a scoreless ninth inning.

Bo Bell delivered the big blow for the Choctaws (1-0), a two-run home run in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach. Dakota Bodree also added a RBI triple for Mississippi College.

Huntingdon jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning, after Harrell led off the inning with a single past Choctaw starter Tyler Seaman (1-0). Harrell stole second and moved around to third on a groundout by senior Josh Bennefield, before scoring on a passed ball by Jacob Daniel. Eller followed one pitch later with a monster shot over the right field wall to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead.

Bodree cut the lead in half with his run-scoring hit in the third inning, before MC took the lead for good in the top of the fourth.

Bell led off the frame with a five-pitch walk, while Shane Bennett followed with a single to left field, moving Bell to third. After Bennett stole second, both runners came around to score on a throwing error by Knight.

After the first inning, Seaman settled down to scatter just two hits over the next five innings, as he struck out six and walk just two. Daniel Cowart tossed two perfect innings, before giving way to Brock Campbell, threw a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save.

Huntingdon had its opportunities to push across runs, leaving seven runners on base, including the bases loaded in the sixth inning. The Hawks also had a pair of runners on in the bottom of the ninth.

The Hawks will return to action on Sunday, when they host in-state rival Birmingham-Southern at 4:30 p.m. The Choctaws and the Panthers will also square off on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Tim Lutz
Sports Information Director
Phone: (334) 833-4579
tlutz@huntingdon.edu

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Hodge Patterson
Sports Information Director
Phone: (334) 833-4579
hpatterson@huntingdon.edu


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