Athletic News

April 23, 2010
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Hawks Blow Late Lead against LaGrange in GSAC Tournament Opener

DEMOREST, Ga.—LaGrange scored six runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to erase a five run deficit and defeat Huntingdon, 11-10, in the opening game of the 2010 Great South Athletic Conference Tournament opener on Friday at Loudermilk Park.

The Hawks (27-13) will now have to win four straight games in order to capture the tournament championship, beginning with an elimination game on Saturday at 4 p.m. Huntingdon will take on the loser of the late game on Friday between Maryville and host Piedmont.

For the contest, seniors Chris Knight and Bryant Hall, junior Drew Harrell and freshman Austin White each drove in two runs, with Harrell leading the team with two hits.

Senior Kyle Eller took the loss for the Hawks, falling to 0-1 on the season, after allowing two runs on three hits in relief of fellow senior Alex Sanford. Sanford tossed 7 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits and eight runs, while also walking eight and hitting two batters. Entering the game with the most strikeouts in all of Division III, Sanford managed just three punch outs against the Panthers (24-17).

James Yancey earned the victory of the Panthers, throwing two innings of perfect relief and striking out four.

David Miller and Dale Feldman each finished with three hits for LaGrange, while Robbie Shelton posted just one hit, a two-run home run in the eighth inning, but scored three runs.

Huntingdon jumped out to a 6-1 lead after the opening frame, thanks to a pair of errors by the Panthers.

However, LaGrange closed the gap to just one run, 6-5, after six innings of play, but the Hawks answered with four runs in the top of the seventh. Harrell delivered the big hit of the frame, a two-run single with two down.

Despite the insurance runs, Huntingdon was unable to record the final out in the bottom of the eighth, as the Panthers saw six straight hitters reach base. In addition to the home run by Shelton, Luis Perez delivered a game-winning, two-run double.

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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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