April 7, 2009
Lookout Mountain, Ga. - The Shorter College Hawks baseball team took two non-conference losses to Covenant College on Tuesday afternoon, falling 5-2 in the first game and losing 12-11 in an extended nine-inning slugfest. The losses drop Shorter to 15-22 overall, while remaining 5-11 in the SSAC.
A scoreless tie through the first two innings was broken up in the third inning as both teams put a run on the board. A Shannon Houston fielder's choice scored Joey Taylor to put Shorter up by one. After Covenant tied it up in the third, they took the lead in the fourth inning on an RBI ground out.
The Hawks tied things up again in the sixth inning. Gustavo Bonilla reached on a walk and later scored on a Taylor walk to put the teams tied at 2-2. However, the Covenant Scots scored three runs in the bottom of the same inning for the 5-2 win.
Chad Hodges got the loss for Shorter, pitching five innings for seven hits and three earned runs. Covenant's Wesley McDowell picked up the win pitching 1.1 innings.
In the second game, Shorter got an early boost of four runs in the first inning. A Bonilla double scored Taylor and Jake Broome, a wild throw scored Bonilla, and a single from Cody Barnes scored David Hornback to give the Hawks a quick advantage.
After Covenant scored one run in the bottom of the first, Shorter retaliated with more runs in the following inning on a two-run home run from Bonilla to make it 6-1. The Hawks furthered their lead in the fourth inning, driving the score to 8-1, on RBI singles from Hornback and Barnes.
After the Hawks scored their ninth run in the fifth inning, things went south for the Hawks in the bottom of the fifth. Covenant had five hits for eight runs to tie the game at 9-9.
Both teams traded runs in both the sixth and the seventh innings to send the game into extra innings. Covenant scored first in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game 12-11.
Shorter had an impressive 19 hits in the game, led by Barnes who was 4-for-5 with two RBI, and Bonilla who was 2-for-3 with two runs, four RBIs, and three walks.
Will Davis picked up the loss in relief for Shorter, while Nolan Gray got the win.
Shorter continues conference play on Thursday as they travel to Lee University.