March 16, 2010
Rome, Ga. - Tyler McIntosh hit an RBI double that ignited a four-run fifth inning and helped Shorter College rally from a three-run deficit en route to a 7-3 victory over Mid-Continent University in game two of a double-header at Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex in Rome, Ga., on Tuesday afternoon.
The nightcap victory allowed the Hawks to salvage a split with Mid-Continent, which topped Shorter, 9-1, in game one. The Hawks emerge from the non-conference twin bill with a 12-14 overall record.
In game two, Shorter fell behind 3-0 after one-and-a-half innings, but slowly crept back into contention. The Hawks cut the deficit to 3-1 on an Austin Roberts RBI single in the bottom of the second and Scott Morris hit an RBI double and later scored on an error in the fourth to knot the game at 3-all.
McIntosh's double down the right field line that scored Matt Johnson and gave Shorter its first lead at 4-3 set the tone for the decisive fifth inning.
Hawks' starter Zeke Owen then did the rest. Owen, who pitched all seven innings and surrendered just one earned run on three hits, sat Mid-Continent down 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth and then closed out the visitors with a fly out, a strikeout and a ground out in the seventh. Owen fanned four in the game.
Brooks led the way offensively for the Hawks by going 2-for-2 with three runs scored and an RBI. Morris finished the nightcap 2-for-3 with his two RBI.
In the opener, Shorter yielded two runs in each of the first three innings and never recovered as Mid-Continent cruised to the victory.
The Hawks managed just three hits with Johnson (2-for-3) accounting for a pair himself.
Shorter's pitching staff allowed seven hits over seven innings, but walked six to help Mid-Continent's efforts at the plate.
The Hawks return to the diamond on Friday, March 19 when they welcome Berry College to Robert H. Ledbetter for a 1 p.m. contest. Shorter and the Vikings will conclude a three-game series on Saturday, March 20 with a double-header beginning at 12 p.m.