Baseball wins first home game over Cumberlands, 4-3

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Dustin Bowers vs. University of the Cumberlands

Dustin Bowers vs. University of the Cumberlands

Feb. 15, 2008

Rome, Ga. - The Shorter College Hawks baseball team started their first homestand of the season off right on Friday afternoon by beating the University of the Cumberlands Patriots, 4-3, at Shorter's Robert H. Ledbetter Complex.

After a scoreless five innings of pitching from Shorter's Dustin Bowers, the Hawks got things started in the bottom of the fifth. Mark Charrette hit a triple off the right field wall and was sent home on an RBI ground ball to second base from Tyson Martin. After Jake Broome pinch ran on a Ross Ballard single, Brandon Ponder advanced the runner to second, and a Ryan Murphy RBI single sent him home to make it a 2-0 game. Ponder made it home soon after on a catcher's throw to second, that allowed Murphy to steal. The Hawks took the lead 3-0.

Cumberlands' first run came in the top of the sixth on a Ronnie Hawkins solo homerun off of Bowers.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Hawks strengthened their lead to 4-1 on an RBI single from Tyler Hammontree that brought Gustavo Bonilla home.

Cumberlands threatened in the top of the ninth as a home run and RBI single scored two for the Patriots, but it wouldn't be enough to deny the Hawks their first home victory, 4-3.

Ponder finished the game 3-for-4, Bonilla was 2-for-3 with a single and a double, and both Ballard and Charrette each finished with a perfect 2-for-2. Shorter had 11 hits in the game, compared to Cumberlands' six.

"It's great to get a win the first home game," said head coach Matt Larry. "The guys played great defense and we got some great innings out of Bowers. Griffin came in and did a great job of keeping us in the lead."

The winning pitcher was Bowers (1-2) who pitched six innings, striking out two, giving up only six hits and one earned run. JP Griffin picked up the save (2) pitching three innings with two strikeouts.

Shorter continues play tomorrow in a doubleheader (two seven-inning games) against Cumberlands with the first game starting at noon. Shorter College Associate Professor of English, Dr. Carmen Butcher, will be throwing out the first pitch.

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