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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.