No. 12 Senators open season with DH split
WALTERBORO, S.C. — The 12th ranked Walters State Senators baseball team opened their season Sunday afternoon with a doubleheader split on the road in the Palmetto State.
The Senators opened the day with a 3-1 victory over homestanding USC Salkehatchie behind a strong outing on the mound by sophomore Aaron Quillen. The nightcap was not as kind, as WSCC fell 4-0 to East Georgia.
Walters State used a 12-hit attack in the first game to push across three runs and put Quillen ahead for the entire game. Michael Smith, Jake Farr, Elijah Sutherland and Taylor Martin each had two hits in the win, with Martin, James Fowlkes and Dylan Powers each driving in a run.
Quillen was dominant on the mound in his first outing for the Senators. The Tennessee transfer allowed an earned run on two hits in six innings of work while striking out 11 batters and walking two. Grant Painter picked up the save by tossing a scoreless inning of relief and allowing one hit.
WSCC scored all three runs in the third inning. Smith ripped a one-out single and moved to second on a base hit by Farr. After a base bit by Sutherland loaded the bases, Smith scored on a sacrifice fly by Fowlkes and Martin plated Farr on an RBI single. Powers added an RBI single for the third run to make it 3-0.
USC Salkehatchie got their lone run in the sixth when Donovan Cambell doubled and scored after two wild pitches to make it 3-1, but they could not rally in the seventh.
In the nightcap, East Georgia put up two runs in the fourth inning and two more in the seventh to back up Phillip Anderson on the mound in his two-hit shutout performance.
Brent Honeywell took the loss for the Senators on the mound after allowing two earned runs on just two hits in five innings while striking out six. Andrew Gist pitched a scoreless sixth inning before Andrew Towns allowed two earned runs in the seventh. Jake Usher recorded the final two outs for WSCC.
Smith and Dathan Prewett each had a hit in the loss for the Senators.
WSCC will be back in action Friday when they take on Shelton State and seventh ranked Chipola in Marianna, Fla.
GRU Augusta 3, Carson-Newman 2
AUGUSTA, Ga. — With a 2-1 lead, one out and runners at first and third base in the bottom of the ninth inning, Georgia Regents University third basemen Hunter Boose lined a 3-2 pitch just inside of the third base bag allowing two runs to score and send Carson-Newman home with its first loss of the season.
The Eagles (2-1) took a 2-0 lead to the bottom of ninth inning and sent starting pitcher Dustin Dunagan to the mound to try for a complete game. The right-hander induced a ground out from Jaguars’ leadoff hitter JD Sabo for the first out. Tyler Roberts and Jeff Rice each singled to put a runner at first and second base prompting Carson-Newman to bring on Josh Russell.
The next batter, Connor Gilbert, smacked a single into left field to bring home a run and set the stage for Boose.
The visiting team had just one base runner through the first four innings. First basemen Evan Jurjevic led off the fifth inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Bryan Everhart. Second basemen Peter Rajkovich laced a single into centerfield to put the Eagles on top 1-0.
Right fielder Cody Fox started the seventh frame with a double off of the top of the wall in right field. Two batters later, Shade Jett lined a single into left field over a drawn-in infield to give Carson-Newman a 2-0 lead.
The Eagles were held to just five hits in the game and seven total base runners as they stranded three runners in the afternoon affair.
Dunagan went 8.1 innings allowing two earned runs on six hits with one strikeout and one walk.
Jaguars starting pitcher Frank Warren struck out eight over 6.1 innings allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks.
Tusculum 11, Lynn 3
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Miami, Fla. native Nick Rodriguez went 3-for-5 to lead a 12-hit barrage for the Tusculum College baseball team as the Pioneers defeated host Lynn University 11-3 Sunday afternoon.
Tusculum (1-2) salvages a win in its three-game Florida road swing while handing the Fighting Knights (2-1) their first loss of 2014.
TC pitcher Michael Scott (1-0) picked up the victory in his first Pioneer start. Scott went 5 2/3 innings, scattered six hits, allowed one run with a walk and a strikeout. Scott Simmons recorded his first save at Tusculum pitching 3 1/3 innings with two hits, two runs and three strikeouts.
Heath Comerford, Trey Drewery and Chris Waylock recorded two hits each, while Vinny Ferrara crushed a three-run homer to spark a five-run seventh inning to give the Pioneers a 7-1 advantage.
Scott and Lynn starter Travis Connelly pitched shutout baseball through the first five innings.
Tusculum plated a pair of runs in the sixth inning thanks to a two-run, two-run double by Trey Drewery to score Rodriguez and Ferrara.
Lynn got one of those runs back in the bottom of the sixth when Enrique Perez and Thomas Kain led off with back-to-back singles. Scott sparked a 1-6-3 double play for the first two outs of the inning as Perez moved to third. Sal Giardina came through with a two-out single to center to make it a 2-1 game. He would move to second when Matt Ackerman was hit by a pitch.
Simmons came aboard to relieve Scott and got a fly out to end the Lynn threat and preserve the TC lead.
Tusculum sent nine batters to the plate in the seventh as the Pioneers scored five times on three hits. TC picked up its first run of the frame as Waylock led off with a walk, moved to second on a John Topoleski bunt and scored on Pat Holleran’s RBI single.
Pinch hitter Andrew Bowerman drew a two-out walk and he and Holleran both scored on Ferrara’s three-run blast to left field for a 6-1 TC lead. Comerford followed with a double and later scored thanks to a passed ball and a wild pitch as the Pioneers led by seven (7-1).
Simmons retired the sides in order in the seventh and eighth frames, while the Pioneers added a run in the eighth and three more in the ninth to put the game out of reach.
The trio of Ferrara, Comerford and Waylock scored two runs each in the victory.
Lee 2, Tusculum 0
Mount Olive 5, Tusculum 4
SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Tusculum College softball team opened its 2014 season with a pair of games Sunday afternoon at Armstrong Atlantic State University. The season opener was delayed 24 hours due to rain that wiped out action on Saturday.
The Pioneers dropped their season opener 2-0 to Lee as the Flames’ Angie Hughes threw a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts, then fell 5-4 to Mount Olive behind four runs batted in from the Trojans’ Jennifer Jones.
Hughes struck out 15 and allowed just one ball out of the infield to lead the Flames to victory in their season debut. Hughes walked three batters and hit a pair, and got into a jam just once after issuing a pair of walks in the fifth. However, she was able to get a strikeout to escape the Pioneer threat.
Kelly King was the hard-luck loser for the Pioneers, giving up two runs on seven hits. She walked two and struck out two and got 12 of her 18 outs on ground balls.
Lee scored first in the bottom of the first inning as Laurel Allen reached on an infield single, moved to second on a groundout and scored on an RBI single by Ana Coscorrosa. The Flames went on to load the bases on a walk and a single, but King got out of trouble with a strikeout.
Coscorrosa expanded the Flames’ lead to 2-0 in the fifth as she hit a solo home run with two outs, while Hughes took care of the rest as she set down the final six Pioneer batters in order.
Tusculum freshman Tavi Parris was the only Pioneer to reach base more than once, as she was hit by a pitch in the third and walked in the fifth. Lizzie Stevens had a pair of hits for the Flames, with infield singles in the first and sixth innings.
In the nightcap, Jones hit a two-run homer in the second and a two-run single in the fifth as the Trojans (1-0) erased an early 3-0 deficit and handed the Pioneers (0-2) their second loss of the day.
The top six batters in the Trojans’ lineup combined for 11 hits, including a 3-for-4 performance from Beth Overman and two hits each from Kelsey Akers, Carly White and Jones.
The Pioneers jumped to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Miranda Beeler walked with one out, stole second and scored on a double by Kaytlin Stroinski. Katie Brennan followed with a single to knock home Stroinski for a 2-0 lead, and Paige Sneed’s double plated Brenna with the Pioneers’ third run of the frame.
The Trojans came back in the top of the second as White singled and Jones followed with a two-run home run to cut the Tusculum lead to 3-2. The Pioneers pushed their advantage to 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Nicole Ball slugged a solo homer with one out.
Mount Olive took the lead for good with three unearned runs in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Savannah Becker and a two-out, two-run single from Jones for a 5-4 Trojans lead. The Pioneers threatened in the sixth as Stroinski singled with one out and Sneed walked, but Mount Olive pitcher Madison Johnston retired the side on a comebacker.
Tusculum mustered seven hits off Johnston (1-0), including two from Stroinski and Carolyn Williamson. Brennan, Sneed and Ball each reached base safely twice via a hit and a walk against the Trojans.King (0-2) pitched the second game for the Pioneers and struck out three without walking a batter.