Feb. 13, 2009
Rome, Ga. - The Shorter College Hawks baseball team got back on track today, taking down the nationally-ranked #10 University of the Cumberlands (Ky.), 5-2, at the Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex on the campus of Shorter. The win improves the Hawks to 2-3 overall, with a perfect 2-0 home record.
"It feels good to bounce back after last weekend," said head coach Matt Larry. "Hopefully these wins will be contagious carrying on into tomorrow and next week."
The Hawks took the early lead in the bottom of the first inning, and didn't trail for the remainder of the game. After two outs, Pat Langley doubled and then scored on a double from Will Davis, who would score on a wild throw from Cumberlands' Denton, to make it a 2-0 ballgame.
After a home run from Cumberlands' (0-1-1) Roy Garcia cut the Hawks lead in half in the second inning, Shorter responded in the bottom half with a Jake Broome RBI single to shallow right-center to bring home Adam Pilate.
In the fifth inning, the Hawks put the game out of reach. Davis reached base first for Shorter on a bobble from the shortshop, and advanced to second on a Blake Chapman single. Both runners scored to make it a 5-1 game on an RBI double from Shannon Houston.
Cumberlands sent one more run across the plate in the top of the sixth, but Shorter took the game, 5-2.
"Langley and Davis set the tone in the first inning with the back-to-back doubles and the rest of our bats fell in line," added Larry.
"I was throwing in on them the whole time and landing my pitches right," said Bowers (1-0), who picked up the win for Shorter, pitching 5.2 innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs, striking out four. "It was nice to get a win over a ranked team and I hope it will carry on into tomorrow."
Matt Kirksey picked up his first save this season in relief, pitching 3.1 innings, giving up just one hit and striking out four.
"The key to this win was Bowers' pitching with good defense behind him," said Larry. "Kirksey shut the door in a key situation - he's a freshman in a veteran body."
The Hawks will hit the mound again tomorrow with a double-header against the Cumberlands, beginning at 1 p.m. Shorter will also be hosting their 'Striking Out Breast Cancer' game to raise money for the Breast Center at Floyd Medical in Rome.