MEMPHIS, Tenn. --- Junior John Rice
struck out three batters in five innings picking up his first win of
the season, while the Hawks' bats scored 18 runs on 12 hits in
Saturday's, 18-8, win over Rhodes College at Stauffer Field.
Freshman Joseph Odom's three-run homer
with one out in the top of the first inning gave the Hawks the 3-0
lead, setting the tone early for Huntingdon's bats.
Sophomore Caleb Astin led the Hawks
with three hits and two stolen bases, followed by senior Stephen
Bishop and junior Chad Baxley each with two hits in the win. Senior
Drew Harrell drove in a game-high four runs while Odom and Baxley
each knocked in three.
In Rice's (1-0) second appearance of
the season he went five innings allowing one earned run, while
walking three and striking out three batters.
In the top of the third inning
Huntingdon extended its lead by 8 runs. Sophomore Austin White got
hit by a pitch and advanced to second after Astin singled into center
field. Baxley drove both White and Astin home, 5-0, by knocking a
single through the left side of the infield. Drew Harrell stepped
into the batters box with two outs and bases loaded in third inning,
with a full count Harrell cleared the bases with a double, 8-0.
Rhodes' offense was able to score two
runs in the bottom of the third after a fielding error and two walks
loaded the bases. Marc Corigliano's sacrifice fly drove in one runner
cutting Huntingdon's lead to seven. The Lynx second run of the inning
came from a Chris Conkell single through the left side, 8-2.
The Lynx's Remick Smothers walked the
bases loaded in the top of the fourth inning for Huntingdon before
making a pitching change. Jacob Long hit three straight batters
giving Huntingdon the 11-2 advantage. Long's wild pitched advanced
the runners and sent Baxley across the plate for the Hawks 12th
run of the game. Harrell's ground out to second base drove in the
fifth and final run of the inning for Huntingdon, 13-2.
Rhodes picked up one run in the bottom
of the fourth inning and scored three more in the six inning. The
scoreboard remained at 13-6 until the ninth inning.
Huntingdon scored eight runs off of
three hits and one error, while senior Sam Griffin finished the last
four innings on the mound for the Hawks. Griffin gave up 8 hits and
four earned run while striking out four in Huntingdon's, 18-8,
Rhodes' Jackson Baker (0-1) pitched 2
2/3 innings allowing 8 runs on 7 hits with three strike outs. The
Lynx's pitching staff walked 14 batters in the loss to Huntingdon on
Huntingdon (2-1) plays a double-header
on Sunday, Feb. 13, against Rhodes (0-2) beginning at 11 a.m. Live
stats will be available at
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