Baseball splits with Reinhardt on the road

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Shannon Houston

Shannon Houston

March 9, 2010

Waleska, Ga. - Shorter College pounded out 21 hits and got a 4-for-5, four RBI effort from David Anderson en route to an 18-9 victory over Reinhardt College in game two of a Tuesday afternoon double-header in Waleska, Ga.

The Eagles took game one, 4-3, as the team's settled on a split.

In the nightcap, the Hawks (9-12) raced out to a 7-0 lead after three innings and never looked back. Anderson belted a two-run homer, his third of the year, and Shorter recorded four doubles in salvaging the split.

Adam Pilate, Shannon Houston, Garrett Burgess and Bart Butler each registered a two-bagger and the Hawks exploded for seven runs in the top of the fifth to put the game out of reach.

Matt Kirksey worked 4.1 innings, giving up six runs on just three hits while striking out three on his way to the win. Zeke Owens tossed two innings of hitless and scoreless relief for Shorter.

Joey Taylor finished 2-for-3 in game two, Kurtis Robinson went 3-for-5 with two RBI and Johnson, Houston and Burgess combined to go 8-for13 with five batted in for the Hawks.

In game one, Houston cracked a pair of homers, but Reinhardt was able to keep the rest of the Hawks' lineup in check to score the victory.

Houston hit a solo shot in the top of the second and with Shorter trailing 4-1, cranked a two-run bomb off Eagles' starter Ben Gonglach in the top of the sixth that brought Shorter to within 4-3. He now leads the Hawks with five homers on the year.

But Gonglach proved too tough in the end, earning the win after going 6.2 innings, and Michael Willis earned the save after facing two batters as Reinhardt beat Shorter for the first time this season. The Eagles had dropped a pair at Robert H. Ledbetter back on Feb. 16.

Houston finished 2-for-3 with the pair of homers and all three RBI for the Hawks in the opener. Chad Hodges took the loss and dropped to 2-2 on the mound for Shorter, surrendering four earned on eight hits and seven walks.

The Hawks return to the diamond this weekend, March 12-13, as they host Southern States Athletic Conference foe Emmanuel College for a weekend, three-game set. Shorter and Emmanuel will play a nine-inning game at 2 p.m. on Friday before closing out the series with a double-header on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.

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