FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.—The Huntingdon baseball team won both of
its games on Saturday, as it defeated Farmingdale State, 9-6, and
Methodist, 8-3, at Armstrong-Shelley Field.
With the two victories, the Hawks improved to 4-3 on the season, the
first time this year they have been over .500. It also marks their
third consecutive victory. Huntingdon will go for the weekend sweep on
Sunday, when it plays Frostburg State at noon.
In the opener, senior Shawn Bezwiechin drove in three runs and
fellow senior Douglas Pate tossed 7.0 efficient innings, as the Hawks
defeated the Rams (0-3), who were ranked 13th in Collegiate Baseball’s
Division III Preseason Poll.
Pate (1-0) scattered nine hits, while allowing only four earned runs and striking out three to earn the victory.
Tied 6-6 heading into the top of the eighth inning, Huntingdon
plated a pair of runs with two outs, thanks to a two-run double by
Bezwiechin. Junior Drew Harrell started the rally with a one-out
single, before later stealing second. Senior Kyle Eller walked and came
around to score on the double.
Huntingdon added an insurance run in the top of the ninth to provide the final margin.
Freshman Austin White also added his first career home run, a two-run shot in the third inning.
Sophomore Caleb Cofield tossed the final two innings to earn his first save of the season.
In the nightcap, senior Alex Sanford (2-1) kept the Monarchs’ (5-2)
bats in check, scattering just three hits, while striking out four in
7.0 strong innings on the mound.
Bezwiechin and fellow senior Josh Bennefield drove in two runs each, while junior Greg Clayton added three hits.
Senior Scott Holloway tossed the final two innings, allowing four hits, while striking out one.
Brian Inghram and Trey Such each had two hits for the Monarchs.
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