MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Senior Shawn Bezwiechin blasted his second
home run of the season to break a tie score and give the Huntingdon
baseball team a 5-4 victory over LaGrange and, in the process, secure
its first Great South Athletic Conference series victory on Sunday at
Neal Posey Field.
With the win, the Hawks improved to 25-11 on the season and finished
GSAC play with a 4-5 record. The Panthers fell to 18-17 overall and 3-3
in league play.
Senior Kyle Eller led the offense with two hits and two runs batted
in, while Bezwiechin and fellow senior Patrick Jackson each added two
hits. Eller and Bezwiechin each hit home runs, while junior Miles
Walding stole the lone base for the Hawks.
On the mound, Huntingdon got 6 1/3 innings of four-hit relief from
three relievers, including 3 2/3 from sophomore Caleb Cofield. Junior
Ryan Harrison earned the victory, tossing 1 2/3 of scoreless relief to
improve to 2-1 on the season. Eller came into the game as a pitcher with
a runner on first in the top of the ninth and proceeded to pick off the
runner on base and retire the side for his first collegiate save.
The Hawks fell behind 3-0 midway through the third inning, but
battled back with two runs in the bottom of the third on an
inside-the-park home run by Eller. On the play, Bezwiechin scored his
first of two runs on the game, after lining a one-out single.
Huntingdon took a 4-3 advantage one inning later thanks to a wild
pitch and a fielding error.
LaGrange tied the game in the top of the seventh inning on a RBI
single by Amauri Smith to set the stage for Bezwiechin. After a first
pitch ball, Bezwiechin lined a 1-0 offering from Doug Scherer over the
right center fence and on to Fairview Avenue.
Scherer was strong on the mound for the Panthers, tossing 7.0
innings, allowing nine hits and five runs, while striking out eight.
Smith drove in two runs in the game, while Robbie Shelton added two
hits, including his ninth home run of the season.
Huntingdon will return to action on Tuesday, when it hosts Oglethorpe
at 5 p.m.
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