Baseball finishes Southern Poly series with two losses, 11-1, 4-2

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David Hornback

David Hornback

March 21, 2009

Rome, Ga. - The Shorter College Hawks baseball team came up short on Saturday afternoon against the 9th-ranked Southern Polytechnic Runnin' Hornets, losing the first game 11-1, and coming closer in the second game but falling short 4-2. The Hawks are now 9-16 overall and 1-8 in the tough Southern States Athletic Conference.

In the first game, Southern Poly got on the board early in the first inning on a two-RBI double to make it a 2-0 ballgame. Shorter responded in the bottom of the same inning, however, as Gustavo Bonilla hit a single through the hole at shortstop to score Adam Pilate and cut the Hornets lead in half.

From that point, it was Southern Poly's game. They scored one run in the third inning, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and sixth, and finished the game with a three-run seventh inning. The Hawks had seven hits compared to Southern Poly's 14, and put four errors on the board.

Pat Langley led the Hawks in hitting in game one, going 2-for-3 in the game.

JP Griffin (2-3) picked up the loss for Shorter, pitching five innings, for four earned runs, while striking out six. Mark Doll was the winning pitcher for the Runnin' Hornets.

In the second game, the game remained scoreless for the first four innings, until Southern Poly put up two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. It wasn't until the bottom of the seventh inning that the Hawks were able to make some motion. Bonilla scored Shorter's first run on a misplayed grounder, and a David Hornback RBI ground out scored Scott Morris. It cut Southern Poly's lead in half but wasn't enough for the win.

Shorter had only three hits in the game - from Joey Taylor, Bonilla and Hornback.

Blake Chapman was the losing pitcher for Shorter, pitching the complete game giving up just six hits and three earned runs. Sean Hunter got the win for Southern Poly.

The Hawks return to the field on Wednesday for a doubleheader at the Ledbetter Complex against Shawnee State University.

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