MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- The Huntingdon College baseball team sent Blackburn College (0-10) back home still searching for its first win of the season after completing the three-game sweep on Saturday. The Hawks scored double digits in both double-header wins beating the Beavers 12-4 in the first game followed by a 15-0 no-hit victory in the final game.
Huntingdon's offense put both games away early by scoring 12-runs in each of the first three-innings in Saturday's double-header victories over Blackburn. The Hawks' pitching staff showcased an impressive day by only allowing four runs in the first game, followed with four Hawk pitchers throwing a combined no-hitter completing the sweep.
Game One Boxscore
In the first game of the afternoon the Hawks won by eight runs, 12-4, over the Beavers. Blackburn got on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning, 1-0, but the Hawks responded by scoring five runs on four hits with one Beaver error, 5-1. Huntingdon added one run in the bottom of the 2nd and two more in the following inning taking a 8-1 lead. Blackburn scored two runs in the top half of the 6thinning, but Huntingdon quickly extended its lead to nine runs, 12-3, before winning by eight.
Five Hawks paced the team all with two hits in the first win of the day, while Huntingdon posted 15 total hits in the game. Freshman Joseph Odom and sophomore Austin White each recorded two-RBI's leading the Hawks in the game one victory.
Senior Sam Griffin (2-1) pitched five innings allowing one run on four hits while striking out three Beavers. Junior Caleb Cofield and senior Ryan Payne came in relief for Griffin to complete the win.
Blackburn's Ian Andrews pitched the entire game for the Beavers giving up nine earned runs on 15 hits with three walks and five strike outs.
Game Two Boxscore
Huntingdon dominated Blackburn in the final game of the weekend, 15-0, scoring 12 runs in the opening three innings to quickly seal the sweep over the Beavers. The Hawks' pitching combined for a no-hitter while only allowing two batters to reach base on a walk and a hit by pitch.
Junior Josh Knuth (1-0) made the most of his first-career start as a Hawk by striking out four batters in four innings of work, while retiring 11-of-12 batters faced. Knuth's only mistake came in the top of the 4th inning when he hit a Beaver batter. Freshman Joseph Fincher, junior Tyler Robinson and freshman Mitchell Luckie all preserved the no-hitter by throwing one hit-less inning in the 5th, 6th and 7th, respectively.
Freshman Tyler Blackwell and sophomore Keegan Lambeth each led the Hawks in the second game with three hits, including Blackwell's first-career home-run over the right field wall in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Blackwell accounted for eight of the Hawks runs scoring twice while driving in six-RBI's in the 15-0 win.
Cody Unser and Nick Cronin each pitched three innings allowing a combined total of 13 hits and 8 walks in the final loss of the weekend for the Beavers.
Huntingdon (14-4) returns to the diamond on Saturday, Mar. 19, against Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. The Hawks and Eagles are scheduled to play at 12 p.m. Central. Emory edged out the Hawks, 9-7, in the first meeting of the season at Posey Field.
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