Hawks baseball come from behind to beat Shawnee State, 8-6

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David Horback

David Horback

March 26, 2009

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Rome, Ga. - It was a day of redemption for the Shorter College Hawks baseball team on Thursday afternoon, as they broke their losing streak with a come-from-behind eighth inning victory over Shawnee State University, winning 8-6. Shorter improves to 10-16 overall while Shawnee State falls to 12-10.

In the first inning, both teams put a run on the board. After Shawnee's Logan Crabtree hit an RBI pop-out in the top of the inning, Shorter's Pat Langley singled up the middle to score Jake Broome in the bottom half, making it a tie 1-1 ballgame.

The next inning, however, was a tough one for the Hawks. After a fielder's choice scored one run for Shawnee, Kento Sato hit a three-run home run that put the visitors up by four - and the game remained 5-1 for the next three scoreless innings.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Shorter scored four runs of their own to put them right back into the game. Broome hit a lead-off double to deep left-center, scored on a Langley single up the middle, and a Shannon Houston double scored Langley making the game 5-3. After a Gustavo Bonilla RBI single put the game within one, David Hornback sent home the tying run as the Hawks had their sight set on a comeback.

After Shawnee State took a brief lead in the top of the eighth inning with one run, Shorter scored three runs on one hit in the bottom of the same inning to seal the deal. Houston (who was replaced by Bart Butler to pinch-run) and Will Davis were both hit-by-pitch to start things out, and both advanced on a wild pitch. Hornback then singled to right field to give the Hawks the lead and eventually the win. A sac fly from Tyler Williams gave Shorter an insurance run as they won the game 8-6.

Hornback finished the game a perfect 2-for-2 with a run and three RBIs, Broome was 2-for-3 with two runs and Langley was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run.

Matt Kirksey (1-3) got the win in relief, pitching two flawless innings, for one hit and four strikeouts. Sato got the loss for Shawnee State, pitching one inning while giving up three runs.

The Hawks return to conference play this weekend, as they play Reinhardt College on Sunday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

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