Hawks' Bats Blast Rhodes, 18-8, on Saturday

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By WNCF Staff

MEMPHIS, Tenn. --- Junior John Rice struck out three batters in five innings picking up his first win of the season, while the Hawks' bats scored 18 runs on 12 hits in Saturday's, 18-8, win over Rhodes College at Stauffer Field.

Freshman Joseph Odom's three-run homer with one out in the top of the first inning gave the Hawks the 3-0 lead, setting the tone early for Huntingdon's bats.

Sophomore Caleb Astin led the Hawks with three hits and two stolen bases, followed by senior Stephen Bishop and junior Chad Baxley each with two hits in the win. Senior Drew Harrell drove in a game-high four runs while Odom and Baxley each knocked in three.

In Rice's (1-0) second appearance of the season he went five innings allowing one earned run, while walking three and striking out three batters.

In the top of the third inning Huntingdon extended its lead by 8 runs. Sophomore Austin White got hit by a pitch and advanced to second after Astin singled into center field. Baxley drove both White and Astin home, 5-0, by knocking a single through the left side of the infield. Drew Harrell stepped into the batters box with two outs and bases loaded in third inning, with a full count Harrell cleared the bases with a double, 8-0.

Rhodes' offense was able to score two runs in the bottom of the third after a fielding error and two walks loaded the bases. Marc Corigliano's sacrifice fly drove in one runner cutting Huntingdon's lead to seven. The Lynx second run of the inning came from a Chris Conkell single through the left side, 8-2.

The Lynx's Remick Smothers walked the bases loaded in the top of the fourth inning for Huntingdon before making a pitching change. Jacob Long hit three straight batters giving Huntingdon the 11-2 advantage. Long's wild pitched advanced the runners and sent Baxley across the plate for the Hawks 12th run of the game. Harrell's ground out to second base drove in the fifth and final run of the inning for Huntingdon, 13-2.

Rhodes picked up one run in the bottom of the fourth inning and scored three more in the six inning. The scoreboard remained at 13-6 until the ninth inning.

Huntingdon scored eight runs off of three hits and one error, while senior Sam Griffin finished the last four innings on the mound for the Hawks. Griffin gave up 8 hits and four earned run while striking out four in Huntingdon's, 18-8, victory.

Rhodes' Jackson Baker (0-1) pitched 2 2/3 innings allowing 8 runs on 7 hits with three strike outs. The Lynx's pitching staff walked 14 batters in the loss to Huntingdon on Saturday.

Huntingdon (2-1) plays a double-header on Sunday, Feb. 13, against Rhodes (0-2) beginning at 11 a.m.

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