Baseball continues to roll with sweep of Tennessee Temple, 5-3 and 8-3

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Matt Johnson went 3-for-4 with four RBI in game two to help Shorter to a sweep of TTU

Matt Johnson went 3-for-4 with four RBI in game two to help Shorter to a sweep of TTU

March 29, 2010

Chattanooga, Tenn. - Chad Hodges tossed a complete game in the opener and Matt Johnson went 3-for-4 with a team-high four RBI in the nightcap as Shorter College extended its win streak to three games with a sweep of non-conference foe Tennessee Temple University, 5-3 and 8-3, respectively, on Monday night in Chattanooga.

The wins improve the Hawks to 16-20 overall and the three wins in a row - Shorter beat No. 4-ranked Southern Polytechnic State University in the final game of a three-game set on Saturday to begin the streak - tie the team's longest winning streak of the season.

Hodges, who entered his start against Tennessee Temple second on the roster in wins with three and boasting one of the pitching staff's top earned run averages (3.38), made the most of his start in game one, improving to 4-3 on the season with his complete game effort.

He is now tied with reigning Southern States Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, Tim Day, for the team lead in pitching victories.

Garrett Burgess paced the Hawks offensively going 2-for-2.

In the nightcap, Johnson, Shorter's leader in batting average (.407) and RBI, continued his hot hitting at the plate in the Hawks' 8-3 victory.

The three hits were the most for Johnson since a 3-for-4 effort against Reinhardt College on March 9, and the junior, who opened the season on a 10-game hitting streak, has now hit safely in eight of Shorter's last nine games. He has gone hitless in just six of his 34 appearances this season and upped his team-leading RBI total to 35.

Kurtis Robinson chipped in with a pair of hits and an RBI and Matt Kirksey recorded the win on the mound for Shorter, which returns to the diamond on Thursday, April 1 when it welcomes Toccoa Falls to the Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex. First pitch for that non-conference doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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