Feb. 14, 2009
Rome, Ga. - In the second and third games of a three-game series with the nationally-ranked preseason #10 University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) on Saturday afternoon at Shorter's Robert H. Ledbetter Comples, the Shorter College Hawks baseball team lost the second game 8-5 and won the third game in a run-shortened five-inning 13-3.
In the first competition of the day, Cumberlands scored all eight of their runs in the second inning. Five straight singles, followed by a double and a error scored six, and a passed ball and sacrifice fly put the opposition up 8-0.
In the borrom of the fourth inning, Scott Morris began for the Hawks by hitting his second home run of the year over the left field fence. Pat Langley followed with a single, and scored on a double to deep left-center from Shannon Houston.
The Hawks continued to swing the bat well in the bottom of the sixth inning. Langley doubled to left-center, advanced to third on a wild pitch from the pitcher, and scored on a triple from Will Davis. After Davis scored Shorter's fourth run of the game on a wild throw, David Hornback singled up the middle, and advanced on a Houston single. The Hawks' last run came on a Gustavo Bonilla RBI single up the middle, putting the game just out of reach, 8-5.
Houston was a perfect 3-for-3 on the day, with one RBI and a walk.
JP Griffin was the losing pitcher for the Hawks (0-1), while Cumberlands' Adam Blakey (1-0) got the win. Chad Hodges pitched an impressive hitless three innings in relief for Shorter, with two walks and a strikeout.
The last game of the series went more to the Hawks' liking, as they scored three runs in the first inning, five in the second, three in the fourth and two in the fifth to enforce the 10-run rule ending the game early.
In the bottom of the first, Jake Broome singled to right-center to start things off, and advanced on a bunt from Morris. Langley bunted next to score Broome, Morris scored on a sacrifice fly from Davis, and Langley made it a 3-0 game on an RBI single from Houston.
Shorter's big second inning saw five Hawks crossing home plate from third, following a one-run inning from the Cumberlands. An RBI fielder's choice from Broome, RBI singles from Morris and Hornback, and a two-RBI double from Houston made it a 8-1 ballgame.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, three runs on four hits gave the Hawks an even bigger lead, but Cumberlands scored three in their next outing.
Knowing what they needed to do to force the early end of the game, Shorter delivered in the bottom of the fifth inning. Davis singled, advanced to third on a Hornback single, and scored on a Bonilla single. A single from Joey Taylor to shallow center scored the final run of the game, giving the Hawks the 13-3 win.
Houston was once again a difference maker in the game, going 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs, and Morris went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Blake Chapman got the win for Shorter (1-1), pitching the complete game, giving up seven hits, and striking out two. Cumberlands' Tyler Lee got the loss.
The Hawks will travel Tuesday to Carrollton, Ga., for two seven-inning games against NCAA University of West Georgia beginning at 1 p.m.