Feb. 21, 2009
Rome, Ga. - The Shorter College Hawks baseball team got their first sweep of the season and improved to over .500 on the year on Saturday afternoon, as they took the second and third games of a three-game set with Talladega College. They won the first game 7-1 and the second 11-1 (in six innings).
"Pitching was the big point in both games today," said head coach Matt Larry after the two wins. "JP (Griffin) was back to his normal form. I always tell the guys that winning is contagious and we've to to take it one game at a time."
The Hawks (6-5) scored their first two runs in the bottom of the second inning. David Hornback doubled down the right field line and scored on a single from Adam Pilate. Pilate made it a 2-0 ballgame when Jake Broome reached on a misplayed error from Talladega.
In the fourth inning, Shorter doubled their lead. Pilate reached on a walk, advanced on a Cody Barnes sacrifice bunt and a Clint Harrison single, and scored on a Broome single down the left field line. Harrison crossed the plate on a Pat Langley sacrifice fly to put the Hawks up by four.
After the Tornadoes (4-14) put their only run of the game up in the top of the fifth inning, the Hawks put three insurance runs up on the board in the sixth on an RBI single from Will Davis, a Shannon Houston walk scoring Scott Morris and an RBI sac fly from David Hornback. A scoreless seventh from Talladega gave Shorter the 7-1 victory.
Broome finished the game 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI.
JP Griffin (1-1) pitched the complete game for Shorter, throwing seven innings giving up just four hits and one earned run while striking out six. Eric Rivera got the loss for Talladega.
In the first inning, Broome continued to hit well for the Hawks, with a single through the hole at second base. After stealing second base, he reached third on a sac bunt from Morris and scored on a fielder's choice from Davis, to give Shorter the 1-0 lead.
After a lull in runs, the Hawks put two more on in the fourth inning. Davis was walked in from third base with bases loaded, as was Hornback to make it 3-0. An RBI single from Talladega put the Tornadoes within two.
It wouldn't last long though as the Hawks put three runs on in the fifth and added five runs in the sixth innings to end the game 11-1. Langley started the fifth with a bunt and scored on a Houston RBI single. An RBI ground out from Hornback and an RBI single from Pilate put the Hawks up by five.
In the sixth, Pilate singled to shortstop after four runs had already scored to end the game early.
"It feels good to be over .500 again," said Pilate, who finished the game 2-for-2 with three RBI and two walks. "We feel more confident, especially on hitting, going into this week. We have a different mindset after these wins."
Langley finished the second game 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
Blake Chapman (2-0) got the win for Shorter, pitching five innings, with five hits, one earned run, five strikeouts and two walks. Matt Kirksey pitched the final inning flawlessly in relief with no hits and two strikeouts.
The Hawks continue play on Tuesday with two seven-inning games at home against Atlanta Christian College beginning at 1 p.m.