Baseball wraps up series with Berry, takes final 6-4 loss

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Adam Pilate

Adam Pilate

March 16, 2009

Mt. Berry, Ga. - The Shorter College Hawks baseball team took a disheartening loss on Monday afternoon to the cross-town Berry College Vikings, 6-4, on a rain-soaked Berry campus. The game concludes the three-game series between the two rivals, that was originally scheduled for Saturday.

The Vikings (19-4, 6-1) got on the board in the bottom of the first inning to start the game. Three unearned runs crossed the plate to give Berry the early advantage on an RBI double from Andrew Starr, followed by a two-run home run from Tye McCleary.

After two runs in the third inning, and one run in the fifth inning, the Hawks (9-12, 1-5) had their shot, putting up their first run of the series in the seventh. Pat Langley doubled to shallow left-center and was brought home on a follow-up RBI double from Shannon Houston to make it a 6-1 game.

In the ninth inning, the Hawks showed some strength. Joey Taylor singled to start the inning and advanced on a single from Jake Broome. Scott Morris walked to load the bases, and Taylor then scored on a Langley ground out to first. A Houston sac fly sent Broome home, and an Adam Pilate RBI single put the Hawks within two, but it was as close as they would come.

Blake Chapman (3-2) got the loss for Shorter, pitching five innings for 10 hits, three earned runs, one strikeout and a walk. Matt Kirksey pitched two innings in relief, giving up just one hit and striking out three.

Berry's starter Chris Rearick picked up the win, giving up just three hits and no runs in six innings.

Shorter College Baseball
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