Fayetteville, N.C. --- Senior Sam
Griffin struck out seven batters in the, 8-3, win over Frostburg
State University in the first game of the Methodist Diamond
Invitational on Friday afternoon.
Griffin (1-0) pitched six innings in
the win allowing three runs on three hits. Griffin also struck out
seven batters while walking only one.
Huntingdon was held scoreless through
four innings with only two hits. Frostburg State took the lead, 1-0,
in the bottom of the 3rd inning when sophomore Caleb Astin
committed a fielding error and Frostburg State's Adam Summerfelt was
able to score from third base.
The Hawks (4-2) bats came alive taking
the lead, 3-1, after four hits and two errors by the Bobcats (0-1).
Astin led off the top of the 5th inning with a single up
the middle, and Astin advanced to second base from senior Grey
Clayton's sacrifice bunt. Junior Chad Baxley's single put runners on
the corners for Huntingdon with one out. Senior Miles Walding's
sacrifice bunt scored Astin, 1-1, and moved Baxley over to third
base. Senior Drew Harrell singled to the pitcher driving in Baxley,
while Walding crossed the plate after the throw to first base, 3-1.
In the 7th inning Huntingdon
extended its lead to six runs, 7-1, when the Bobcats brought in
Spencer Madison to pitch. Walding got his second hit of the day with
one out. Harrell's two out single drove in Walding from first base
for the first run of the inning. Freshman Joseph Odom doubled scoring
Harrell, 5-1, and advanced to third on a fielding error. After
sophomore Austin White reached on base by an error, Astin tripled
sending two runners across the plate for the six run lead.
The Bobcats cut the deficit to four
after scoring two runs off of two hits and a Hawks' throwing error in
the bottom of the 7th inning, 7-3. Senior Stephen Bishop's
sacrifice fly in the top of the 8th inning scored
sophomore Evan Agnew giving Huntingdon the five run advantage, 8-3.
Huntingdon had five batters all record
two hits against Frostburg State, including Astin, Baxley, Harrell,
Odom and Walding. Walding led the team with 2 RBI's in the victory.
Frostburg State's preseason
All-American Britton Quayle was handed his first loss after allowing
three earned runs on seven hits. Quayle sat down seven Hawks and only
walked one in the loss.
Huntingdon takes on Methodist
University (4-2) on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 12 p.m. Central in the
Methodist Diamond Invitational. Live stats will be available at