Feb. 20, 2009
Rome, Ga. - The Shorter College Hawks baseball team's bats came alive on Friday afternoon, enforcing the 10-run rule against the Talladega College Tornadoes, taking the 11-1 victory in eight innings. The Hawks improve to 4-5 with the win (0-0 in the SSAC), heading into tomorrow's series conclusion with two games beginning at 1 p.m.
"They are a good team and we can't hold back when we go out there," said head coach Matt Larry. "We drew first blood and kept going after them."
It continued on into the second when they scored three runs on RBI singles from Langley and Adam Pilate (including a throwing error from Talladega), and a Hornback hit-by-pitch advancing a runner home.
With the 8-0 lead, Scott Morris doubled in the bottom of the third, advanced on a ground ball from Langley, and put another run on the board on a passed ball from Talladega (4-12).
After the Tornadoes put up one run in the eighth inning, Shorter finished them off in the bottom of the same inning. Solo home runs from Morris (3) and Langley (2) enforced the 10-run rule, Hawks winning 11-1.
"It was a straight fast ball coming down the middle," said Langley. "I was upset with my previous at bat, and Scotty (Morris) set the tone with his, so I was ready and waiting for a good pitch."
"It feels good to get this first one in the books," he added. "Hopefully it carries into tomorrow and we can get two more."
Langley finished the game 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs, and Morris was an impressive 4-for-5 with three runs and an RBI. Hornback led the team with three RBIs.
Dustin Bowers (2-0) pitched the complete game, throwing eight innings for seven hits, one earned run and four strikeouts. Espada Espada got the loss for Talladega.
Shorter continues at the Ledbetter Complex tomorrow with two seven-inning games against Talladega beginning at 1 p.m. Both games can followed with online live stats from the Shorter College Athletics home page.