Athletic News

February 26, 2011
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Hawks Beat Crusaders, 14-4, on Saturday at Posey Field

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 the Crusaders.


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 hit.


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 http://fs.huntingdon.edu/livestats/xlive.htm.


For more information on Huntingdon athletics, visit www.HuntingdonHawks.com or follow the Hawks on Facebook and Twitter.

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Hodge Patterson
Sports Information Director
Phone: (334) 833-4579
hpatterson@huntingdon.edu


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