MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- Huntingdon College's baseball team welcomed back alumni and friends for the 50thanniversary celebration of the program's existence. The Hawks defeated Piedmont College, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon in front of a season-high crowd of 288.
After dropping the opening Great South Athletic Conference game to Piedmont, 3-1, on Friday evening the Hawks responded with junior John Rice's dominate performance on the mound for their first conference win of the season over the Lions.
Huntingdon scored first in the bottom of the opening inning when sophomore Austin White's sacrifice fly to right field drove in sophomore Keegan Lambeth from third base, 1-0.
Senior Miles Walding led off the 3rd inning with a walk followed by a stolen base. Walding also stole third base before Lambeth's ground out to second base sent Walding home for the two run advantage, 2-0.
The Hawks extended their margin to three, 3-0, in the bottom of the 6th inning when senior Drew Harrell's ground out drove senior Stephen Bishop across home plate. In the first six innings of action, Rice held the Lions to only three total hits.
Piedmont finally got one run on the scoreboard from John Duke's RBI-single to right center trimming Huntingdon's lead to two runs, 3-1, in the top of the 8th inning.
In the bottom of the 8th inning, Harrell provided the Hawks with its fourth and final run of the game, 4-1, after his single to left field scored Bishop from third base.
Huntingdon's Rice (3-2) struck out five batters in his eighth start of the season while allowing one run on five hits in eight innings of action for the win. Senior Ryan Harrison picked up his third save of the year after striking out one of the three batter's he faced in the top of the ninth inning while allowing no runs or hits.
At the plate, Harrell (2-for-4) and Lambeth (2-for-3) each led the Hawks' offense with two hits in the win against the Lions. Harrell also recorded a game-high two RBI's in the conference victory.
Huntingdon (16-9, 1-1 GSAC) will wrap up the three game series against Piedmont on Sunday, Apr. 3, beginning at 1 p.m. on Posey Field. Live stats will be available at http://fs.huntingdon.edu/livestats/xlive.htm.
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