April 5, 2009
Rome, Ga. - On the second day of play between the Shorter College Hawks and the Brewton-Parker College Barons, the teams split the two games, with Brewton-Parker winning the first 11-9 and Shorter winning the second 9-4. The Hawks are now 14-20 on the season (4-11 SSAC), while the Barons are 24-18 overall (6-12 SSAC).
In the first game, both teams scored two runs in the first inning to start things out tied at 2-2. In the bottom of the second inning, Scott Morris singled through the hole at shortstop to drive in Joey Taylor giving the Hawks a 3-2 lead. A Matt Johnson RBI single in the following inning made it a 4-2 game heading into the fourth inning.
After the Barons scored one run in the top of the fourth inning, they exploded for five runs in the fifth, going up 8-4. Each team scored another run in the sixth inning, and the Hawks had their work cut out for them in the final inning of regulation.
However, Shorter didn't give up without a fight. Shannon Houston scored on a Brewton-Parker error and Gustavo Bonilla crossed the plate on a fielder's choice from Jake Broome to cut the Barons' lead in half. Taylor singled up the middle to score Broome, and a Morris RBI double tied the game up to drive the game into extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, Brewton-Parker sent two runs across to take the game 11-9.
Taylor led the Hawks going 3-for-4 with a run and three RBI, and Houston was 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI.
Kyle Mercer got the win for Brewton-Parker, while Shorter's Seth Hollingsworth pitcked up the loss. Hollingsworth pitched three innings, giving up four hits and three earned runs, while striking out three.
In the second game, Shorter scored three runs in the second inning and three more runs in the third inning, and never looked back.
Brewton-Parker scored one in the top of the fourth and two in the sixth, but were never able to catch up with the Hawks' strong offensive output.
Langley finished the game 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI, while Bonilla was 2-for-3 with a run and three RBI.
Blake Chapman got the win, pitching six innings, for six hits and two earned runs while striking out six. Brewton-Parker's Phil Merrill got the loss.
Shorter travels to Covenant this week, before continuing conference play next weekend at Lee University.