Baseball extends streak to five with sweep of Toccoa Falls

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Scott Morris hit a three-run homer in game two to help Shorter earn a sweep of Toccoa Falls

Scott Morris hit a three-run homer in game two to help Shorter earn a sweep of Toccoa Falls

April 1, 2010

Rome, Ga. - Shorter College opened up a tight ballgame with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a 9-2 victory over visiting Toccoa Falls College in game two of a Thursday afternoon doubleheader at Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex.

The Hawks blanked Toccoa Falls, 13-0, in game one to earn a non-conference sweep and extend its season-long winning streak to five games.

In the nightcap, Clint Harkins went 3-for-3 with three RBI and Matt Johnson drove in a pair while going 2-for-4 at the dish to help Shorter improve to 18-20 overall on the season.

Harkins hit a two-run single in the bottom of the second as Shorter erased an early one-run deficit and took a 3-2 lead. Shorter extended its lead to 4-2 on a David Anderson RBI single in the fifth, and Harkins' third RBI of the day - courtesy of a base hit to center - ignited the five-run sixth.

Kurtis Robinson and Johnson each recorded RBI singles in the frame and Tyler McIntosh capped the rally with a two-run triple to right-center.

The Hawks' Tim Day (5-2) took the victory. The reigning SSAC Pitcher of the Week went five innings and allowed just two runs on nine hits while striking out four.

In the opener, Robinson and Scott Morris each hit three-run home runs and three Hawks combined to toss a six-hit shutout for the victory.

Robinson's fifth bomb of the season put Shorter up 10-0 in the third frame. Robinson went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and the trio of RBI in game one.

Morris went deep over the left field fence in the fourth to account for the game's final margin. It was the senior's second homer of the year and was a fitting end to his solid 2-for-3, two run, three RBI performance.

Johnson went a perfect 2-for-2 at the dish with a two-run double in the first inning that got the Hawks started. Shannon Houston, who went 1-for-3 in game one, followed with an RBI double that scored Johnson, Harkins notched an RBI single and Joseph Brooks scored on a wild pitch as the Hawks posted a five-spot in the first inning.

Blake Chapman started on the hill in the opener and was effective. He departed after three innings of work in which he allowed no runs on five hits and struck out a pair.

Lee Verweel and Brick Carter each tossed one inning of shutout relief with Carter earning the win based on his pitching the fifth and final inning of the run-shortened affair.

The Hawks return to action on Tuesday, April 6 when they host Atlanta Christian College for a 1 p.m., non-conference doubleheader at the Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex.

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