MARYVILLE, Tenn. --- Huntingdon College’s baseball team
eliminated LaGrange College, 7-5, on Saturday afternoon in Maryville,
Tennessee. The Hawks scored four runs in the 8th inning taking the
lead for good over the Panthers in the GSAC elimination game. Boxscore
With the two run win over LaGrange, Huntingdon is set to
play Maryville College tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern for the final spot in the GSAC
championship. The winner of tonight’s game will take on number one seeded
Piedmont College on Sunday, May 1, for the GSAC title.
The Panthers (21-21) took a three run lead, 3-0, in the
bottom of the 2nd inning on four hits against Huntingdon.
Senior Drew Harrell’s RBI-double down the left field line
drove in the Hawks first run of the game, 3-1, cutting LaGrange’s lead down to two runs. The
Panthers extended their lead by three, 4-1, after a sacrifice fly to center
field in the bottom of the 4th inning.
In the top of the 6th inning, Huntingdon’s
freshman Joseph Odom doubled down the left field line driving in Harrell and
senior Stephen Bishop cutting LaGrange’s lead down to one run, 4-3.
The Hawks finally took the lead for good in the top of the 8th
inning after scoring four runs on five hits, 7-4. Bishop singled to third base
before advancing to second on sophomore Evan Agnew’s sacrifice bunt. Harrell’s
RBI-single up the middle drove in Bishop from second base for the game-tying
run, 4-4. Senior Ryan Harrison singled up the middle moving Harrell over to
second base with one out. A wild pitch sent Harrell to third base while Harrison
moved over to second. Sophomore Caleb Astin tripled to right center with two
outs driving in two runs for the Hawks’ lead, 6-4. Sophomore Austin White
knocked in Huntingdon’s fourth run of the inning, 7-4, on an RBI-single to left
LaGrange cut the Hawks’ margin down to two runs, 7-5, from
an RBI-double to center field. Huntingdon limited the Panthers to only one hit
in the bottom of the 9th inning eliminating LaGrange from the GSAC
tournament on Saturday.
At the plate, Huntingdon posted 10 total hits in the victory
with senior Stephen Bishop (3-for-4) registering a team-high three hits against
Senior Sam Griffin started for the Hawks pitching 3 1/3
innings allowing four runs on six hits with two strike outs. Junior Josh Knuth
(3-1) picked up the win after giving up one run on five hits while striking out
four Panthers. Harrison (5) recorded his fifth save of the season pitching 1
1/3 innings and only allowed one hits in the Hawks’ win.
Huntingdon (22-16) takes on second-seeded Maryville tonight
at 8 p.m. Eastern for the final spot in the GSAC championship game.
For more information on the GSAC baseball tournament, visit http://www.greatsouth.org/sports/2010/6/29/BSB_0629103417.aspx?path=baseball.