Athletic News

April 01, 2011
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Hawks Open GSAC Play with a Loss to Piedmont, 3-1

MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- Huntingdon College's baseball team opened Great South Athletic Conference play with a loss, 3-1, to Piedmont College on Friday evening at Posey Field. Boxscore 

After two quick strike outs in the bottom 9th inning, Huntingdon strung together two base hits with hopes of sending a few runners across the plate for the win. However, Piedmont's Matt Collins picked up his sixth save of the season by striking out sophomore Keegan Lambeth for the final out of the game.

Junior Kevin Aaron (3-3) made his eighth start of the season for the Hawks pitching seven innings allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out three in the loss. Sophomore Parker Adams came in for relief in the final two innings of the game allowing no runs or hits and striking out two Lion batters in his fifth appearance of the season.

At the plate, senior Stephen Bishop (2-for-4) paced Huntingdon picking up two of the Hawks' eight hits of the night. Sophomore Austin White drove in Huntingdon's only run of the game in the conference loss. Senior Miles Walding recorded the Hawks' only stolen base of the game on Friday night.

Huntingdon gave the Lions the first run of the game in the top of the 3rd inning when junior Chad Baxley's fielding error at third base allowed Piedmont's Curtis Cornett to score from second base, 1-0.

The Lions (17-11, 1-0 GSAC) extended their lead, 2-0, in the top of the 5th inning off of Cornett's sacrifice fly to center field driving in Kyle Davis from third base for Piedmont.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, senior Drew Harrell led off with a double down the left field line setting up Huntingdon's first and only run of the game. Harrell scored when White singled up the middle, 2-1. Unfortunately, the Hawks surrendered three straight fly outs to end the sixth after cutting the Lions' lead by one run with no outs.

Piedmont added their third and final run, 3-1, of the night from Tate Koons' sacrifice fly to right field driving in Dave Bartek for the Lions two run advantage in the top of the 7th inning.

Kevin Caldwell (5-2) pitched seven innings for the Lions allowing one run on six hits and five strike outs in his fifth win of the season. Collins and Ed Cook each pitched one inning and both recorded three strike outs. Piedmont's pitching staff struck out a combined 11 Hawk batters in the victory.

The Hawks (15-9, 0-1 GSAC) return to Posey Field on Saturday, Apr. 2, at 2 p.m. against Piedmont. Huntingdon will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the baseball program on Saturday afternoon.

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


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