Baseball splits day two with Cumberlands

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Scott Morris batting against UC

Scott Morris batting against UC

Feb. 16, 2008

Rome, Ga. - The Shorter College Hawks split a Saturday doubleheader with the University of the Cumberlands Patriots, taking the first game 5-4, and losing the second one, 9-4.

In the first game, the Hawks got on the board in the second inning on a Mark Charrette fielder's choice up the single that scored Shannon Houston.

After a two-run fourth inning from Cumberlands, Shorter regained the lead in the fifth. Gustuvao Bonilla was hit-by-pitch and advanced to second on a bunt from Charrette. Both Bonilla and Ibrahim Lopez made it home and gave Shorter the 3-2 lead on a Matt Turner double.

Cumberlands gave the Hawks a scare in the seventh inning with two runs, but Shorter sent the game into extra innings on a Ryan Murphy double that scored Turner.

After a scoreless eighth for both teams, Scott Morris scored the winning run for Shorter in the bottom of the ninth on a Trevor Miller game-winning RBI single. The Hawks took the first game 5-4.

Turner was 2-for-4 with a single, a double, and a run scored.

The winning pitcher for Shorter was JP Griffin (1-0) with 2.3 innings pitched, giving up two hits, striking out two.

"It was good to take 2-of-3, we just have to stop giving up big innings," said head coach Matt Larry. "Gandia threw a gutsy first game and Smith came in and gave us a key out. The resiliency of Griffin kept it close for us and gave us the opportunity to win."

In the second game, Shorter took the early lead in the first inning after Brandon Ponder tripled to open the game and scored on a Murphy sacrifice fly to make the game 1-0.

Cumberlands rebounded in the second and third by scoring four runs to take the 4-1 lead. In the bottom of the third inning, Morris singled to open the inning and scored on an RBI pass ball. Ponder later scored to cut the Patriots lead to one.

Following a run for Cumberlands in the fifth, Shorter's Bonilla kept things at one as he scored on an RBI double from Morris.

The sweep was foiled in the seventh as four runs came in for the Patriots to end the game 9-4.

Ponder was 2-for-4 and Morris was 2-for-2.

Trey Carnes picked up the loss for Shorter (0-1).

"We gave their hitters too many extra bases," said Larry. "Before next weekend, we'll work on staying consistent."

Shorter travels to Atlanta this Wednesday in a doubleheader against Atlanta Christian College.

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