Athletic News

April 16, 2011
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Hawks Split GSAC Double-Header Against LaGrange on Saturday

LAGRANGE, Ga. --- Huntingdon College's baseball team opened Saturday's Great South Athletic Conference double-header with a, 10-0, win over LaGrange College. The Panthers' held on to the final game of the day by two runs, 10-8, against the Hawks at Cleaveland Field.

Game One Boxscore

In his tenth start of the season, junior John Rice (5-2) went the distance throwing a complete game six hit shut-out against LaGrange on Saturday. Rice recorded five strike outs and only walked two.

Huntingdon posted 11 total hits while sophomore Evan Agnew (2-for-5), freshman Joseph Odom (2-for-4) and senior Miles Walding (2-for-4) all led the Hawks with two hits. Senior Drew Harrell recorded a game-high three-RBI's in the win.

Senior Stephen Bishop led off the top of the 1st inning with solo home run down the left field line giving the Hawks' an early lead, 1-0.

The Panthers loaded the bases for Huntingdon in the top of the 3rd inning. With one out, senior Ryan Harrison was hit by a pitch sending in the second run of the game, 2-0. The Hawks' scoring ended after sophomore Caleb Astin grounded into a double play.

In the top of the 4th inning, Huntingdon extended their advantage to seven, 7-0, after five runs on three hits. With one out and bases loaded, Bishop drew a walk scoring one run followed Harrell's double to left field clearing off the bases, 6-0. Harrison's RBI-single to center field gave the Hawks' their fifth run of the inning.

Walding drove in Huntingdon's eighth run of the contest in the top of the 5th inning on an RBI-single up the middle, 8-0. The Hawks added two more runs in the top 9th inning securing their fourth conference win of the season, 10-0.

Game Two Boxscore

The Hawks tallied 13 hits in the loss with Bishop (3-for-5) and Walding (3-for-3) each leading the team with three hits. Walding posted a team-best three-RBI's in the final game of the day. Huntingdon missed several scoring opportunities by leaving a total of 15 runners on base giving the Panthers their first conference victory of the year.

LaGrange (17-18, 1-7 GSAC) took a four run lead, 4-0, after scoring one run in the first four innings of the second game of the day against Huntingdon.

The Hawks cut the deficit to three, 4-1, after senior Miles Walding's RBI-single to shortstop drove in sophomore Evan Agnew from third base in the top of the 5th inning.

A Hawk fielding error with two outs gave LaGrange their fifth run of the game, 5-1, in the bottom of the 5th inning.

Huntingdon rallied in the top of the 6th inning scoring three runs on two hits with the help of one Panther error. The Hawks scored their second run of the game when Agnew drew a walk with bases loaded and no outs, 5-2. With one out and bases loaded, Walding was hit by a pitch cutting the Panthers' margin down to two runs, 5-3. Bishop pulled the Hawks within one run on his RBI-single down the right field line, 5-4. The Hawks' scoring ended by leaving three runners on base after two straight outs.

The Panthers also rallied in the sixth inning scoring three runs on five hits extending their advantage by four runs, 8-4.

The Hawks' chipped away at the Panthers' lead in the top of the 7th inning by scoring two runs on two hits, 8-6. Harrison started the inning with a double to left center and advanced to third base on the first out of the inning. Freshman Joseph Odom's sacrifice fly to center field drove in Harrison from third, 8-5. The Hawks' cut LaGrange's margin down to two runs, 8-6, with Walding's RBI-single to right field. Huntingdon again left two runners on base ending the scoring.

In the top of the 8th inning, Astin's single to shortstop scored sophomore Austin White from third pulling the Hawks within one run of the Panthers, 8-7.

However, LaGrange scored two more runs in the bottom of the 8th inning off of a double down the left field line, 10-7, securing the win.

Huntingdon's 9th inning comeback ended with only one run from a ground out by White, 10-8. The Hawks dropped their fourth conference contest after winning by ten runs earlier in the day.

Junior Kevin Aaron (3-5) made his tenth start of the season allowing three runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings pitched while striking out one batter in the loss. Sophomore Parker Adams followed Aaron giving up four runs on four hits and one walk in 2 1/3 innings. Junior Caleb Cofield finished the game pitching three innings allowing three runs on six hits and striking out two.

The Hawks (19-12, 4-4 GSAC) return to action on Sunday, Apr. 17, for the final game of the series against LaGrange. The first-pitch is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Eastern with live stats available at http://home.lagrange.edu/athletics/stats/Baseball/live/xlive.htm.

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


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