FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. --- In Huntingdon
College's final game of the Methodist Diamond Invitational, the Hawks
win big, 13-5, against Roanoke College. Junior Kevin Aaron struck out
eight batters in six innings of action for the Hawks.
Huntingdon was led by senior Stephen
Bishop with a game-high four hits in five at bats, Bishop also scored
fours of the Hawks' 13 runs. Huntingdon recorded 15 hits in its sixth
victory of the season, including sophomore Keegan Lambeth's 3-for-4
performance. Sophomore Austin White and freshman Joseph Odom each
paced the team with four RBI's against Roanoke.
Huntingdon (6-2) scored a combined nine
runs on ten hits in the first three innings of the game holding
Roanoke scoreless with only a pair of hits. After scoring two runs in
the 1st inning, White's single up the middle and Odom's
single to short stop each drove in two runs for the Hawks in the 2nd
inning. Sophomore Caleb Astin also drove in one run with a single up
the middle giving Huntingdon a 7-0 lead after two innings.
The Hawks extended its lead to nine in
the 3rd inning when senior Drew Harrell singled to right
center driving in Bishop from third base, 8-0. Lambeth crossed home
plate on White's ground out to short stop giving the Hawks a 9-0 lead
after three innings.
In the bottom of the 5th
inning, Huntingdon sent four runners home taking a 13-0 lead over
Roanoke. Huntingdon had two runners reach on base from fielding
errors before scoring, while Odom drove in two more runs on his
double to left field.
Roanoke (2-5) finally got on the
scoreboard in the top of the 6th inning off Mark Manthe's
double to left center, 13-1. Roanoke scored three runs in the 7th
inning and one in the ninth, 13-5, but was unable to rally a comeback
on Sunday afternoon.
Aaron picked up his first win for
Huntingdon after six innings and only allowing one run on four hits
with eight strike outs. Juniors Alan Clemons, Caleb Cofield and Tyler
Robinson all came in relief for the Hawks.
Roanoke's Manthe gave up seven runs on
six hits in 1 1/3 innings pitched for his second loss of the season.
Huntingdon returns to action on
Tuesday, Feb. 22, traveling to Oglethorpe University for a
double-header beginning at 2 p.m. Central.