Athletic News

March 11, 2011
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Hawks Blast Beavers, 18-1, on Friday Evening

MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- Huntingdon College's baseball team beat Blackburn College, 18-1, on Friday evening at Posey Field. The Hawks recorded a season-high 18 runs on 15 hits with the help of 6 Beaver errors in the win. Boxscore


The Hawks (12-4) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning, but the Beavers (0-8) cut the margin to 3-1 after the top of the second. Huntingdon followed Blackburn's lone score with 15-runs, including a season-high 9 in the bottom of the 5th inning. The Hawks' pitchers combined for 11 strike outs while the Beavers only recorded three.


Leading the Hawks' offense was senior designated hitter Drew Harrell going 4-for-4 at the plate and scoring all four times. Sophomore Evan Agnew added three hits, while senior Miles Walding and freshman Joseph Odom each chipped in two on the night.


In only five innings of work, junior Kevin Aaron (3-1) picked up his third win after allowing one run on two hits and tying a season-high eight strike outs against the Beavers. Freshman Nick Hagler and junior Alan Clemons each pitched a hit-less inning in the top of the 6th and 7th, respectively.


Senior Stephen Bishop’s lead-off single up the middle started the Hawks offense in the bottom of the 1st inning. Huntingdon’s first run of the game came after Harrell singled up the middle scoring Bishop and advancing sophomore Keegan Lambeth over to third base following a walk. Lambeth crossed the plate, 2-0, on senior Ryan Harrison’s ground out to third. After stealing third base, Harrell scored on a passed ball extending the lead to three runs on three hits.


The Beavers loaded the bases in the top of the 2nd inning with no outs, before Aaron walked in Blackburn’s only run of the night, 3-1. Aaron recovered by striking out the next three batters forcing Blackburn to leave three runners on base.


In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Lambeth drew a lead-off walk before Harrell reached on a single. A double-steal put runners on second and third with one out followed by freshman Joseph Odom’s base loading walk. The Hawks scored their fourth run when sophomore Austin White drew a walk with bases loaded. Huntingdon extended the margin by four, 5-1, after Agnew’s single to left field advanced Harrell home. The Hawks inning ended when junior Chad Baxley’s line out to third base doubled up White at second.


Walding laid down a perfect bunt near the third base line to start the bottom of the 4th inning, before stealing second and advancing to third then home on two Beaver throwing errors, giving Huntingdon a 6-1 lead. Bishop drew a walk and then advanced to third base on Harrell’s single through the left side with one out. Harrison’s sacrifice fly to deep center field drove in Bishop from third, 7-1, followed by Odom’s RBI-double to left center sending Harrell across the plate for the seven run advantage. Huntingdon scored its ninth run of the game on the Beavers’ third error of the inning, 9-1.


Huntingdon doubled their run total in the bottom of the 5th inning scoring nine runs on six hits and three errors, 18-1. Two straight walks followed by a fielding error at second base loaded the bags with one out. Harrell’s single through the left side drove in Bishop and Walding giving the Hawks a 10-run lead. Harrell and Lambeth scored on Odom's double to right center, 13-1, followed by Agnew's one out single driving in Harrison and Odom for a 14-run advantage. Walding singled in his second at bat of the inning, sending Agnew home and sophomore Jordan Green advanced across the plate by way of a throwing error, 17-1. Lambeth drove in the final run of the game with a single through the right side.


Blackburn's Kyle Katschke suffered the loss after allowing 13 runs on 9 hits in 4 1/3 innings.


Huntingdon returns to Posey Field on Saturday, Mar. 12, for a double-header against Blackburn beginning at 1 p.m. Live stats will be available at http://fs.huntingdon.edu/livestats/xlive.htm.


For more information on Huntingdon athletics, visit www.HuntingdonHawks.com or follow the Hawks on Facebook and Twitter.

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


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