MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Despite a pair of hits from senior Kyle
Eller, including his first home run of the season, the Huntingdon
baseball team dropped a 5-2 decision to Mississippi College in each
team’s season opener on Saturday at Posey Field.
Eller led the Hawks (0-1) with the two hits, while senior Chris
Knight, junior Drew Harrell and freshman Austin White each added
singles. The ninth-inning hit by White was the first of his collegiate
Senior Alex Sanford (0-1) struck out seven in 5.0 innings of work,
but also walked four and scattered three hits. However, the Prattville
native allowed three runs, only one of which was earned, to take the
Fellow senior Scott Holloway saw his first action since the final
game of the 2008 season, as he tossed 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing
two runs on two hits, while striking out one. Junior Ryan Harrison
tossed 2/3 of an inning, while sophomore Caleb Cofield worked a
scoreless ninth inning.
Bo Bell delivered the big blow for the Choctaws (1-0), a two-run
home run in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach. Dakota
Bodree also added a RBI triple for Mississippi College.
Huntingdon jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning, after Harrell
led off the inning with a single past Choctaw starter Tyler Seaman
(1-0). Harrell stole second and moved around to third on a groundout by
senior Josh Bennefield, before scoring on a passed ball by Jacob
Daniel. Eller followed one pitch later with a monster shot over the
right field wall to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead.
Bodree cut the lead in half with his run-scoring hit in the third
inning, before MC took the lead for good in the top of the fourth.
Bell led off the frame with a five-pitch walk, while Shane Bennett
followed with a single to left field, moving Bell to third. After
Bennett stole second, both runners came around to score on a throwing
error by Knight.
After the first inning, Seaman settled down to scatter just two hits
over the next five innings, as he struck out six and walk just two.
Daniel Cowart tossed two perfect innings, before giving way to Brock
Campbell, threw a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save.
Huntingdon had its opportunities to push across runs, leaving seven
runners on base, including the bases loaded in the sixth inning. The
Hawks also had a pair of runners on in the bottom of the ninth.
The Hawks will return to action on Sunday, when they host in-state
rival Birmingham-Southern at 4:30 p.m. The Choctaws and the Panthers
will also square off on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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