DEMOREST, Ga.—For the first time since the opening weekend
of the season, the Huntingdon baseball team dropped consecutive games,
as it was swept by Piedmont on Saturday at Loudermilk Field, falling
12-11 in the opener and 7-2 in the nightcap.
As a result of the swept, the Hawks fell to 22-7 on the year and 1-2
in Great South Athletic Conference play, while the Lions even their
season record at 12-12 and are 2-1 in league games.
In the opener, Huntingdon pounded out 20 hits, one short of its
season high set against Roanoke.
Seniors Kyle Eller, Ben Cecil and Chris Knight all recorded three
hits, while fellow seniors Josh Bennefield, Chad Green and Bryant Hall,
as well as junior Drew Harrell added two each. The Hawks also had four
players recorded two RBIs, while Eller added his fifth home run of the
Despite the potent offense, the Hawks struggled to hold the lead on
the mound when the offense was able to grab it.
Huntingdon jumped out to a 6-1 lead heading into the bottom of the
fourth inning, but the Lions answered with five runs to tie the score,
with the big blow being a two-run single by Zach Kunz.
After exchanging runs in the sixth inning and taking a one-run lead
in the top of the seventh inning, the Hawks again watched the Lions
battle back to take a 10-8 advantage after seven innings.
Huntingdon battled back with three runs in the eighth inning and head
to the ninth up 11-10, after a two-run single by Green.
However, the Lions had one final comeback in them, as Curtis Cornett
delivered a game-tying RBI double and came around to score on a walk-off
double by Kevin McConnell.
Senior Scott Holloway took the loss for the Hawks, tossing the final 3
2/3 innings, allowing eight hits and five runs, only two of which were
earned, to fall to 4-1 on the season.
Caleb Cochran picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless
relief for the Lions. Kyle Davis led Piedmont’s offense with two hits
and three RBIs.
In the nightcap, the Lions used the momentum of the ninth-inning
heroics to score the first seven runs of the game and take the series.
Huntingdon avoided the shutout with two runs in the ninth inning.
Piedmont’s Dusty Black kept the Hawks’ bats in check, allowing just
four hits in 7.0 scoreless innings to earn the victory.
Senior Douglas Pate suffered the loss for the Hawks, falling to 3-2
on the season, after allowing three runs on four hits in just 1 1/3
innings pitched. Juniors Ryan Payne and Ryan Harrison followed, allowing
four combined runs over the next 4 2/3 innings, before senior Blake
Gillies tossed the final 2.0 innings without allowing a run and only one
Harrell and senior Shawn Bezwiechin each recorded two hits for the
Hawks, while the Lions had five players with multiple hits. Corey
Lindsey Piedmont with two RBIs.
Huntingdon will look to rebound on Thursday, April 1, when it travels
to Maryville, Tenn., to take on Maryville College in a three-game GSAC
series. First pitch of the series opener is scheduled for 5 p.m.
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