MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- Huntingdon
College's baseball team stuck it to ninth-ranked Birmingham-Southern
College, 10-5, on Friday evening at Posey Field. Junior John Rice
picked up his sixth win of the year by containing the Panthers'
Rice (6-2) only allowed six hits and
four runs in seven innings of action against the ninth-ranked
Panthers. In the win, Rice struck out five batters while only walking
two in his 11th start of the year.
Huntingdon's offense out-hit
Birmingham-Southern 13-10 with sophomore Caleb Astin (3-for-5) pacing
the team with three hits. Freshmen Tyler Blackwell and Joseph Odom
each led Huntingdon with three-RBI's in the win.
The ninth-ranked Panthers (28-9, 12-3
SCAC) opened the game with two runs, 2-0, on two hits against the
Hawks on Friday evening at Posey Field.
The Hawks tied up the game, 2-2, in the
bottom of the 1st inning off of two hits. Senior Drew
Harrell's double through the right side of the infield drove in
sophomore Keegan Lambeth for Huntingdon's first run of the game, 2-1.
Harrell scored the game-tying run on Astin's single to center field.
Huntingdon took a one run lead in the
bottom of the 2nd inning off of Blackwell's RBI-single up
the middle driving in sophomore Evan Agnew from second base, 3-2.
In the bottom of the 3rd
inning, Huntingdon extended their lead by three runs, 5-2, following
three Hawk hits. After Astin and Agnew each reached on base from
singles, Blackwell's stand-up triple drove in both runners for the
three run advantage over the Panthers.
Odom came up big for the Hawks in the
bottom of the 4th inning driving in two runs from a single
down the left field line, 7-2. Odom's two-RBI's gave Huntingdon a
five run lead over Birmingham-Southern.
The Panthers got lucky in the top of
the 5th inning scoring two runs from a lost fly ball in
right center cutting the deficit to three runs, 7-4, with two outs.
Odom knocked in his third RBI of the
game in the bottom of the 6th inning giving Huntingdon a
four run advantage, 8-4, over the ninth-ranked Panthers.
In the bottom of the 8th
inning, Birmingham-Southern made their third pitching change of the
game sending junior Jordan Burchett to the mound. Burchett loaded the
bases' full of Hawks with no outs before hitting Agnew sending in
Huntingdon's ninth run of the game, 9-4. Senior Miles Walding
grounded out to second base advanced Astin across home plate for the
six run advantage, 10-4.
The Panthers added one more run, 10-5,
with two outs in the top of the 9th inning. Harrison
closed out the game for the Hawks pitching the final two innings
allowing one run on four hits and two strike outs.
Birmingham-Southern's Jesse Meier (7-1)
was handed his first loss of the season after allowing five runs on
eight hits in three innings of work.
Huntingdon (20-13, 4-5 GSAC) travels to
Birmingham on Saturday, Apr. 23, for a double-header against
Birmingham-Southern beginning at 2 p.m.
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