Athletic News

February 14, 2010
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Hawks Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Rhodes

MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Huntingdon baseball team split its doubleheader with Rhodes on Sunday, picking up its first victory of the season with a 6-3 win in the opener, before falling 11-9 in the nightcap at Posey Field.

Senior Bryant Hall and junior Drew Harrell each had three hits in the twin bill for the Hawks (1-3), while senior Kyle Eller drove in four runs and scored four more. Fellow senior Shawn Bezwiechin also scored four runs, while senior Ben Cecil drove in three runs on the afternoon.

Senior Alex Sanford picked up the win in game one for Huntingdon, tossing 5.0 innings of two-hit ball, while striking out six. Fellow senior Scott Holloway tossed four perfect innings of relief to pick up his first save since returning from Tommy John surgery. Holloway scattered just three hits, while striking out six in the outing.

The Hawks took the lead for good early in the opener, scoring three runs in the first inning and five runs in the first three frames.

Eller drove in the first run of the day, when Harrell scored on a fielder’s choice. Harrell reached on a throwing error by Lynx catcher Chris Conkell to lead off the game. Eller scored on a groundout by Cecil, while sophomore Cody Turner drove in Bezwiechin on a single to left field.

Former LAMP standout Austin White gave the Hawks a 4-0 lead with a RBI double in the second inning, while Cecil plated Bezwiechin with a single in the third inning.

Huntingdon scored its final run on a single by Hall in the fifth inning.

Austin Carden took the loss for Rhodes (1-1), as he lasted just 3.0 innings, while allowing five runs. Jackson Baker tossed the final 5.0 innings, allowing just one run on three hits. Conkell and Brogan Jayne each had two hits for the Lynx.

In the nightcap, the Hawks took a 2-1 lead in the first inning after Eller’s second home run of the season, but were playing catch-up from the second inning on, as Rhodes matched every rally Huntingdon offered them.

The Hawks rallied to tie the score at 6-6 with three runs in the fifth inning and later tied the score at seven apiece heading to the eighth inning.

Despite the comeback by Huntingdon, Rhodes scored three runs in the eighth inning, with the big blow coming from Austin Marcum, who laced a two-run double down the left field line.

Huntingdon offered one final comeback, putting a pair of runners on via walks to start the inning. However, Matt Gertz settled down to pick up his first save of the season and slam the door on a potential rally.

Matt Ungashick picked up the win for the Lynx, allowing one run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

Sophomore John Rice started for Huntingdon, giving up six runs on seven hits in just 3 1/3 innings. Junior Sam Griffin following, allowing just two hits in two innings of relief, before giving way to sophomore Caleb Cofield. Despite allowing just two hits in two innings, Cofield took the loss, falling to 0-1 on the season.

Brent Lindsey and Lynden Pindling led the Lynx with three hits, while Harrell, Eller and Hall had two hits apiece for the Hawks.

The Hawks will return to action when they travel to Fayetteville, N.C., to participate in a four-game tournament, in which they will face Roanoke, Farmingdale State, Methodist and Frostburg State. The tournament will be held from Feb. 19-21.

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Tim Lutz
Sports Information Director
Phone: (334) 833-4579
tlutz@huntingdon.edu

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Hodge Patterson
Sports Information Director
Phone: (334) 833-4579
hpatterson@huntingdon.edu


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