March 6, 2010
Central, S.C. - Shorter College exploded for seven runs in the top of the sixth inning en route to a 10-2 victory over Southern Wesleyan University in game two of a Southern States Athletic Conference double-header on Saturday afternoon in Central, S.C. The Warriors (3-14, 1-5 SSAC) took game one, 13-12, to salvage a second-day split with the Hawks (8-11, 3-3 SSAC).
Shorter, which won Friday's nine-inning affair with Southern Wesleyan, 17-7, fell behind 2-0 after three innings to the hosts in Saturday's nightcap.
Hawks' starter Tim Day settled down, however, holding the Warriors scoreless in his final 3.1 innings of work. Day ended up earning the win in a gem, giving up just those two runs on three hits while fanning a pair.
Meanwhile, Shorter's offense jumped to life in the late innings. Joseph Brooks hit an RBI single in the top of the fourth to bring the Hawks to within 2-1 and a Shannon Houston sacrifice fly capped a two-run fifth that put the Hawks up, 3-2.
Shorter put the game away with a seven-spot in the sixth. Joey Taylor ignited the rally with an RBI single, Blake Chapman followed with a two-run double and Matt Johnson, David Anderson and Brooks each recorded RBI as the Hawks departed the frame with a commanding, eight-run lead.
Johnson and Anderson each went 2-for-4 and combined for three RBI in game two. Brooks and Chapman each recorded a pair of RBI and Clint Harkins went 2-for-4 with two runs from his lead off spot.
In game one, Shorter raced out of the gates with five runs in the top of the first, but Southern Wesleyan responded with a three-run homer from Thomas Floyd in the bottom of the frame and scored the eventual game-winning run on a balk in the bottom of the sixth to top the Hawks, 13-12.
Floyd finished 4-for-4 with five RBI in the opener while Southern Wesleyan's Joseph Taylor also homered for the Warriors, who earned their first SSAC victory of the year in the triumph.
The Hawks still led 7-4 after two-and-a-half complete, but Southern Wesleyan's Carey Rowland hit a three-run triple as part of a four-run bottom of the third and followed the next inning with a sacrifice fly during the Warriors' three-run fourth as the hosts took an 11-8 lead.
Shorter managed to tie the game at 12 in the top of the sixth with two runs as a result of a Southern Wesleyan throwing error.
The Warriors responded immediately, however, putting runners on first and third in the bottom of the frame and pushing across the winning run on a Shorter balk.
The Hawks return to action on Tuesday, March 9 as they travel to Waleska, Ga., for a double-header with Reinhardt College beginning at 3 p.m.