MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- Huntingdon College's baseball team dropped their third Great South Athletic Conference contest of the season, 13-8, to Maryville College at Posey Field. Maryville out-hit the Hawks 16-12 on Friday evening while Huntingdon left twelve runners on base in the loss.
Junior Kevin Aaron (3-4) made his ninth start of the season allowing four earned runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings for the loss. A host of Hawks followed Aaron in relief including sophomore Parker Adams, freshman Tate Fowler, freshman Joseph Fincher, juniors Josh Knuth and Alan Clemons.
At the plate, Huntingdon tallied twelve total hits with sophomore Evan Agnew (4-for-5) leading the team with four hits in the loss. Senior Drew Harrell led the Hawks with two stolen bases on the night.
Maryville jumped out to a three run lead over the Hawks after the top of the 2nd inning, 3-0, from three Scot hits.
In the bottom of the 2nd inning, senior Ryan Harrison drew a lead off walk and moved over to third base after sophomore Caleb Astin's double to right center. With one out, sophomore Austin White drove in Harrison on a sacrifice fly to right field, 3-1.
The Scots extended their margin by six, 7-1, after scoring one run each in the 3rd and 4th inning before adding two more runs in the top of the fifth.
Huntingdon cut the Scots margin down to three, 7-4, following a three run bottom of the 5th inning. Agnew got the offense started with a one out single to third base followed by senior Miles Walding's single through the right side of the infield. The Scots loaded the bases by walking senior Stephen Bishop. Sophomore Keegan Lambeth drove in the first run of the inning from a hard hit ball to shortstop while Walding scored the second run by a passed ball. Harrell drove in the final run of the inning on a ground out to first base sending Bishop across home plate.
Maryville added to their advantage by scoring two runs in the top of the 6th inning, 9-4, off of two hits and one Hawks' throwing error.
In the bottom of the 6th inning, Agnew's RBI-single to left field drove in Astin from second base cutting the deficit to four runs, 9-5.
Despite chipping away at the Scots' lead, Huntingdon gave up two more runs in the top of the 7th inning falling down by six runs, 11-5, in the contest.
Harrell lead off the top of 7th inning with single up the middle before stealing second and third base with only one out. Astin's ground out to shortstop drove in Harrell from third for the Hawks' sixth run of the game, 11-6.
Maryville extended their lead by six runs, 12-6, in the top of the 8th inning from a passed ball by Huntingdon.
In the bottom of the 8th inning, the Hawks were able to load the bases following two singles and a walk. With bases loaded and two outs, senior Ryan Harrison was hit by a pitch sending Agnew home, 12-7. However, Astin struck out looking with bases loaded to end the inning.
The Scots added one more run, 13-7, in the top of the 9th inning on a wild pitch by the Hawks. Huntingdon posted the final run in the bottom of the 9th inning, 13-8, before dropping their third GSAC game.
Maryville's Robert Brown (4-4) made his ninth start of the season for the Scots pitching five innings allowing five runs on four hits and two strike outs in the win.
The Hawks (16-11, 1-3 GSAC) return to the diamond on Saturday, Apr. 9, for the second contest of the three game series against Maryville (22-7, 4-0 GSAC) at 2 p.m. on Posey Field. Live stats will be available at http://fs.huntingdon.edu/livestats/xlive.htm.