April 30, 2010
Columbus, Ga. - Shorter College senior Scott Morris hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to help the sixth-seeded Hawks rally from a 3-1 deficit and score a 5-3 victory over No. 7-seed Southern Wesleyan University in the 2010 Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament in Columbus, Ga.
The Hawks (24-31) advance to the second round of consolation bracket play and will face the loser of this afternoon's contest between No. 1-seed Lee University and fourth-seeded Brewton-Parker College at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Shorter earned the right to advance to Saturday's action because of the timely at-bat by its senior shortstop.
The Hawks, who had mustered just five hits in its first 13 innings of play in Columbus, finally found an offensive rhythm facing a 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Joseph Brooks and Adam Pilate hit back-to-back singles to open the frame and pinch-hitter David Anderson drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out. That's when Morris, who was 0-for-2 on the day and 0-for-3 for the tournament up to that point, drove Southern Wesleyan starter Chase McElrath's first delivery deep over the left field wall just inside the foul pole to hand Shorter its first lead of the tournament at 5-3.
Hawks' starter Brick Carter tossed 5.2 solid innings, allowing three runs on four hits, but was lifted in the sixth after an Aaron Plummer two-run single broke a 1-1 tie and handed the Warriors the lead.
Ace Tim Day entered in relief and was lights out.
The junior earned the win behind 3.1 innings in which he surrendered just one hit and fanned four. Day faced four batters in the ninth and struck out two of them, sending the Hawks to their first win of the tournament with a strikeout of Warriors' leadoff hitter Yamil Perez for the final out.
Shorter fell behind 1-0 in the fourth, but finally snapped its 13 inning scoreless streak in the bottom of the fifth as Clint Harkins' grounder towards the middle was misplayed by Southern Wesleyan shortstop Tyler Lollis allowing Brooks to score from second with two outs.
Shorter outhit the Warriors 6-5 on the afternoon and was led by Brooks' 2-for-4 effort at the plate. Brooks also scored two runs and Kurtis Robinson went 2-for-3 for the Hawks.