Athletic News

April 22, 2011
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Hawks Beat Ninth-Ranked Panthers, 10-5, on Friday Evening at Posey Field

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' explosive offense.


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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