Feb. 16, 2010
Rome, Ga. - Four Shorter College pitchers combined for a no-hit effort and Shannon Houston registered four RBI as the Hawks topped visiting Reinhardt College 5-1 in game two of their series with the Eagles on Tuesday afternoon at the Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex. The Hawks won game one, 8-3, to earn a sweep of Reinhardt and improve to 2-4 overall.
With Hawks' starter J.D. Price and reliever Blake Chapman mowing down Eagles on the mound, Houston struck again in the third, lining a RBI single down the left field line to put Shorter ahead 4-0.
Reinhardt's Michael Lonati notched an RBI groundout to pull the guests back within 4-1 in the top of the fifth, but Houston's fourth RBI of the contest, a single to center that scored Joey Taylor, provided an answer for the Hawks in the bottom of the frame and accounted for the final margin.
Lee Verweel and Matt Kirksey closed out the contest on the hill for the Hawks with two more hitless innings. Houston and Johnson each went 3-for-3 for the Hawks and Taylor finished 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored.
In game one, Shorter pounded out eleven hits and scattered six hits among five pitchers en route to an 8-3 victory over the Eagles.
The Hawks got three RBI apiece from David Anderson and Matt Johnson in securing their first win of the season amidst their first action in the friendly confines of the Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex.
The Hawks posted three runs in the bottom of the first courtesy of a Kurtis Robinson RBI double, a Johnson sacrifice fly and an Anderson run-scoring single.
Leading 3-1 in the fourth, Johnson hit a two-run double to score both Joey Taylor and Robinson, and Anderson followed with a two-run homer to left, his first of the year, as the Hawks turned their narrow two-run advantage into a 7-1 cushion.
Shorter's Tim Day started for the Hawks and struck out four in two complete innings of work. Brick Carter worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the top of the third and Chad Hodges (1-0) got the win after working a scoreless fifth.
Robinson finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Hawks and Taylor and Anderson notched two hits apiece in the victory.
Shorter returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20, when it hosts Campbellsville University (Tenn.) for a three-game, weekend series in non-conference action.