Baseball falls to Emmanuel, 9-4 in 10 innings

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Kurtis Robinson went 2-for-4 with a homer, but the Hawks dropped a 9-4 decision to Emmanuel in 10 innings

Kurtis Robinson went 2-for-4 with a homer, but the Hawks dropped a 9-4 decision to Emmanuel in 10 innings

March 13, 2010

Rome, Ga. - Shorter College fought back from a 4-1 deficit to tie its game against visiting Emmanuel College in the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Lions tacked on five runs in the top of the tenth en route to a 9-4 victory over the Hawks at the Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex on a windy and chilly Saturday afternoon.

The loss drops the Hawks to 9-13 overall and 3-4 in the Southern States Athletic Conference while Emmanuel improves to 7-14 overall and 2-5 in the SSAC. The teams will conclude their three-game weekend series with a double-header at Robert H. Ledbetter tomorrow, Sunday, March 14, beginning at 1 p.m.

Shorter used a late inning rally to force bonus baseball in Saturday's opener.

With the Hawks trailing 4-1 and having posed little threat to Emmanuel starter Mitch Griffin, senior Scott Morris hit an RBI single that plated Adam Thurman in the bottom of the seventh to bring the Hawks to within 4-2.

A Joey Taylor single to left-center ignited a two-run rally in the Shorter half of the eighth, as Matt Johnson scored Taylor on a double to deep right-center and David Anderson followed two batters later with a grounder that was misplayed by the Lions, allowing Johnson to score and knot the contest at 4-4 after eight.

Shorter advanced men to second and third with one out in the bottom of the ninth against Emmanuel reliever Kasey Hudgins, but Taylor popped out to shallow right and Johnson bounced out to first to end the potential game-winning charge.

The Lions capitalized in the top of the tenth, as Nick Wegman hit a two-run homer to for a 6-4 Emmanuel advantage. Yusbell Ortega hit an RBI single and Jacob Jalbert connected on an RBI double as the Lions sent Shorter to its second loss in the last three games.

Kurtis Robinson went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Shorter. He hit his fourth homer of the year, a solo shot over the right field fence, in the bottom of the fourth to cut Shorter's deficit to 3-1.

Johnson, Anderson, Morris, Shannon Houston and Clint Harkins each recorded two hits and Adam Pilate entered in relief and tossed 7.1 strong innings, scattering eight hits while surrendering just one run, striking out eight and walking none.

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