Hawks hang on to salvage second-day split with No. 23 Auburn-Montgomery

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Shannon Houston's third homer of the season spurred Shorter in a 9-8 win over AUM

Shannon Houston's third homer of the season spurred Shorter in a 9-8 win over AUM

Feb. 27, 2010

Rome, Ga. - Scott Morris and Kurtis Robinson could not have picked a better time to turn two.

The duo's double play, which was completed by a magnificent scoop by Shorter College first baseman Joseph Brooks, halted a Auburn University-Montgomery seventh inning rally and preserved the Hawks' 9-8 victory over the 23rd-ranked Senators in the final game of a three-game, Southern States Athletic Conference series at Shorter's Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex.

Shorter (6-8, 1-2 SSAC) led 9-4 heading into the top of the seventh frame and was able to hang on despite the scare for a second day split. Shorter had dropped Friday's nine-inning affair, 20-13, and game one of Saturday's twin bill, 8-4.

The Hawks took advantage of offensive opportunities when they presented themselves, recording eleven hits.

Robinson and third-baseman Joey Taylor each went 3-for-3 at the plate and Shannon Houston and Matt Johnson each notched two RBI in the nightcap.

Houston's final hit, a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth, was arguably the most important as it turned out to be the game-clinching run. It was Houston's third home run of the season, tying him for the team lead with Robinson.

Shorter starter Tim Day slowed the powerful Auburn-Montgomery bats, allowing nine hits after the Senators (9-8, 2-1 SSAC) had averaged just over 18 hits during the first two games of the series. Day earned the win while going 6.1 innings.

Chad Hodges recorded the save for the Hawks after coming in to relieve Day in the seventh and forcing AUM pinch-hitter Fletcher Wilkinson into the game-ending double play.

Shorter hopes to use the momentum from its first conference win when it travels to Truett-McConnell College on Tuesday, March 2 for a non-conference double-header.

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