MARYVILLE, Tenn.—The Huntingdon baseball team dropped its
season-high third consecutive game on Thursday, as it fell to Maryville
in the opening game of a three-game Great South Athletic Conference
series, 5-2, at Scotland Yard.
With the loss, the Hawks fell to 22-8 on the season and 1-3 in league
games. The Scots improved to 15-8 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
In the contest, Huntingdon’s defense proved to be its downfall, as
four errors led to four unearned runs, including the go-ahead run and
two final insurance runs.
Senior Alex Sanford was the tough-luck loser, falling to 6-2 on the
season. In the outing, Sanford allowed three runs, only one of which was
earned, while scattering seven hits and striking out 11.
Senior Chris Knight and junior Greg Clayton each led the Hawks with
three hits at the plate.
Scott Roselli earned the victory in relief, improving to 2-0 on the
season, after allowing two hits and striking out five in two innings.
Robert Brown started the contest, allowing seven hits and two runs,
while striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings in the no decision.
The Hawks jumped on the board in the top of the second inning,
plating a single run to take a 1-0 advantage. Clayton led off the inning
with a single, later stole second base and came around to score on
single by Knight.
Maryville answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame, when
Junior Valentine drove in a run with a RBI single. Jamey Davis, who led
off the inning with a single, came into score, as did Aaron Johnson
after a throwing error by senior Josh Bennefield.
Huntingdon tied the score at 2-2 in the top of the fourth inning by
putting together three straight hits, capped by a RBI single by junior
Drew Harrell, scoring freshman Austin White, who started the two-out
Despite battling back, the Hawks defense failed them late in the
game, as the Scots scored three unearned runs in the final two innings
to provide the final margin.
Trailing 3-2 in the top of the eighth inning, Huntingdon had one
final try to rally, as it loaded the bases with two outs. However, Lee
Malone came in to the game in relief and got senior Shawn Bezwiechin to
ground out to first to end the threat.
Malone tossed the ninth inning to pick up his fifth save of the
Davis led the Scots at the plate with three hits and two runs scored.
The two squads will play game two of the series on Friday at 2 p.m.
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