March 10, 2008
Rome, Ga. - The Shorter College Hawks came out swinging against the Tennessee Temple Crusaders following a tough weekend, winning the first game 7-1 and taking the second one, 17-0.
Things started early for Shorter in the first game. Ryan Murphy walked to start out the bottom of the first, and after a sacrifice bunt from Dustan Cantrell, scored on a Tennessee Temple throwing error to give Gustavo Bonilla the RBI.
In the second inning, the Hawks put two more runs on the board. Matt Johnson walked, and later scored on a Murphy RBI sac fly. Cantrell then hit an RBI single scoring Broome, to give Shorter the 3-0 advantage. David Anderson's RBI single in the third scoring Mark Charrette put the Hawks up by four.
Broome started things out for Shorter in the fourth inning with a solo home run, and was followed by a Murphy triple. An RBI single from Cantrell made it a 6-0 game. The Hawks scored one more in the bottom of the fifth on a Johnson double, scoring Brandon Ponder, giving Shorter the 7-0 advantage.
One run from Tennessee Temple in the top of the seventh made the final 7-1.
Trey Carnes picked up the win for Shorter (1-1), giving up only two hits, zero runs and striking out three, in six innings. John Creed was the losing pitcher for the Crusaders.
Shorter started out even stronger in the second game. In the first inning, Murphy singled to start out, advanced on a Charrette single and a Shannon Houston ground out, and both Murphy and Charrette scored on an Ibrahim Lopez two-RBI triple. Following a Jarrod Lewis single scoring Lopez, Turner singled and a Broome RBI made the game 4-0. A throwing error from Tennessee Temple sent home Turner and Broome to give the Hawks a 6-0 lead.
In the third inning, Shorter scored an incredible 11 runs, nine of them with no outs, to take the 17-0 lead going into the fourth, in which pitcher Nic Mazaris struck out the side.
Shorter had 18 hits total in the second game. Lopez was 3-for-3 with two RBI, Broome was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Ponder was 1-for-3 with three RBI.
Mazaris was the winning pitcher for the Hawks (1-1), pitching four innings, striking out eight and giving up only three hits. The losing pitcher for Tennessee Temple was Kyle Welch.