MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- The Huntingdon
College baseball team was held scoreless for three innings, but the
Hawks scored 14 total runs in the final five innings for their ninth
win of the season against Capital University on Saturday afternoon.
Freshman Joseph Odom paced the Hawks
offense going 3-for-4 at the plate, including two RBI's and three
runs scored. Sophomore Caleb Astin, junior Chad Baxley and senior
Miles Walding all recorded two of Huntingdon's 14 total hits in the,
14-4, victory on Saturday. Walding posted a game-high 4 RBI's against
Huntingdon's junior John Rice won his
second game of the season after throwing seven innings and allowing
two earned runs on nine hits while striking out three batters. Senior
Ryan Harrison closed out the final two innings by only allowing one
The Crusaders picked up the early 2-0
lead over Huntingdon following three errors in the infield by the
Hawks in the top of the 2nd inning.
Huntingdon's offense scored five runs
on two hits with the help of one Crusaders' fielding error in the
bottom of the 4th inning up 5-2. Astin got the Hawks on
the scoreboard after his double to right field drove in senior Drew
Harrell, 2-1. After Capital's starting pitcher Justin Hoying walked
Odom, the Crusaders called in pitcher Jeremy Finchum from the
bull-pin. Two more Hawks scored from the throwing error, 3-2, giving
Huntingdon its first lead of the day. Odom scored on Walding's ground
out to second base extending the margin by two. Huntingdon's final
run of the inning came when senior Stephen Bishop's double drove in
junior Greg Clayton.
The Hawks added one more run in the
bottom of the 5th inning, 6-2, when Harrell singled down
the right field line. Harrell stole second base before Capital's
Finchum walked sophomore Austin White. Head coach D.J. Conville
signaled a double steal and both runners advanced safely, which paid
off after Odom singled to shortstop driving Harrell home for
Huntingdon's lone run of the inning.
The Crusaders cut Huntingdon's margin
to 6-4 in the top of the 6th inning from two hits but left
one man on base. Huntingdon's offense produced the final 8 runs on 8
hits in the last three innings of the contest. The Hawks won by 10
runs on Saturday after dropping the first game of the weekend series,
9-7, on Friday.
Capital's Hoying recorded his first
loss of the season after pitching three innings while giving up four
total runs on two hits.
The Hawks (9-3) return to Posey Field
on Sunday, Feb. 27, for the final game of the series against Capital
(1-1) beginning at 1 p.m. Live stats will be available at
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