March 14, 2010
Rome, Ga. - Shorter College jumped out to an early 5-0 lead thanks in part to a two-run double from Matt Johnson and then opened up a sizeable lead with an eight-run sixth frame to send visiting Emmanuel College to a 13-4 defeat in game two of a Sunday double-header at Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex.
The Hawks (11-13, 5-4 Southern States Athletic Conference) shutout the Lions (7-16, 2-7 SSAC), 10-0, in game one to earn the Sunday sweep and take two of three in the weekend series.
In the nightcap, Kurtis Robinson hit an RBI double and Shannon Houston an RBI single to stake the hosts a 2-0 lead after one inning. Joey Taylor laced an RBI double to the gap in the second inning before Johnson followed with his two-run, two-bagger to send the Hawks off to the races.
Emmanuel scored three in the fourth to crawl back within 5-4, but Shorter loaded the bases with one out, scored three straight runs courtesy of either a base on balls or hit batsmen and then got a bases-clearing RBI double from Clint Harkins to make the score 11-4.
The Hawks scored their final two runs on an error to account for the final margin.
Harkins and Robinson each tallied three RBI for the Hawks in game two and Houston finished 3-for-5 at the plate. The Hawks hit six doubles and got a great relief performance from Chad Hodges who pitched 3.2 scoreless innings while surrendering just one hit and striking out a pair.
Hawks' starter Tim Day tossed five scoreless innings while scattering six hits and fanning four - he improved to 4-2 on the year - and Clint Harkins recorded an RBI triple in the fifth to help Shorter avenge a 9-4, extra inning loss to the Lions in Saturday's series opener.
Scott Morris went 2-for-2 for Shorter, which saw seven of its nine starters record at least one hit. The Hawks scored two runs off an Emmanuel error in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead and then got RBI singles from Joey Taylor and Robinson in the second to increase their lead to 4-0.
Morris singled in Austin Roberts in the third before Anderson delivered the knockout blow in the fourth with his fourth home run of the season, a bomb over the left field fence with two outs that handed Shorter an 8-0 advantage.
Shorter will take a break from SSAC competition and return to action when it welcomes Mid-Continent to Robert H. Ledbetter on Tuesday, March 16 in a double-header beginning at 1 p.m.