April 18, 2009
Rome, Ga. - On Senior Day, and in final homestand of the season, the Shorter College Hawks baseball team split two games with the visiting Faulkner University Eagles on Saturday afternoon, winning the first game 10-3, before dropping the finale 12-1. Shorter is now 17-28 on the year and 7-17 in the SSAC.
In the first game victory, the Hawks went behind 2-0 on one-run innings from Faulkner (28-20, 12-11) in the second and third innings.
In the bottom of the third, however, the Hawks came through with five runs on three hits and a Faulkner error. Joey Taylor scored on a Scott Morris single to left field, and Pat Langley doubled in the next at-bat to score Jake Broome and Morris for the lead. Gustavo Bonilla followed up with a two-run home run (his fifth of the season) to put Shorter up by three.
After Faulkner's third and final run scored in the fourth inning, Shorter once again had a huge offensive output in the bottom of the same inning. After an RBI single from Morris, two consecutive walks put another run across the plate. A balk from Faulkner's Ryan Chase led the way to a Will Davis two RBI single to left field that would be all the runs Shorter would need, winning 10-3.
Morris was 3-for-4 in the game with two runs and two RBIs, Langley was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, and Jake Broome was 2-for-4 with two runs.
JP Griffin (4-4) for the complete game win for Shorter, giving up seven hits, two earned runs and zero walks, while striking out two. Faulkner's Jacob Simmons (3-7) got the loss.
In the second game, Shorter took the early lead in the bottom of the first inning on a Bonilla sac fly to score Broome to make it 1-0.
Unfortunately, the lead didn't hold as Faulkner put runs on the board in each of the remaining innings. They scored two in the second to go ahead, and their biggest production came in the fifth inning for four runs. The Hawks had four hits to Faulkner's nine in the 12-1 loss.
Bonilla went 2-for-3 in the game, while Morris and Taylor each added a hit.
Raul Torres (3-3) got the win for Faulkner, while Blake Chapman (5-5) was the losing pitcher. Chapman started the game and went 3.1 innings for six earned runs, five hits, one walk and one strikeout.
The Hawks have two mid-week games on Tuesday at Talladega College, and then travel to Montgomery next weekend for a three-game series against Auburn-Montgomery.