Huntingdon Splits Double-Header on Sunday Against Rhodes
MEMPHIS, Tenn. --- Huntingdon College's baseball team (3-2) drops the first game, 6-3, of the double-header before winning the final game of the weekend, 5-4, over Rhodes College (1-4). The Hawks won two of the three games against the Lynx at Stauffer Field over the weekend.
In the opening game on Sunday, Huntingdon started out down by four runs, after Rhodes had six of their ten hits in the first inning going up 4-0.
The Hawks got its first run across the plate in the 3rd inning when sophomore Keegan Lambeth's single to right center scored junior Chad Baxley. Rhodes added one more run in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Walker McWherter's ground ball to second base sent Brett Lindsey home, 5-1.
A throwing error by Rhodes' catcher sent senior Miles Walding home after stealing third base for Huntigdon in the top of the 5th inning. After advancing to third base on the error, Bishop scored from a sacrifice fly by sophomore Austin White cutting the lead to 5-3.
Rhodes added one more run in the bottom of the 5th inning sealing their first victory of the season, 6-3. Tony Pikos (1-0) pitched five innings without giving up an earned run with 8 hits and two strike outs for the win.
Junior Kevin Aaron (0-1) gave up five earned runs on 8 hits in three innings for the loss, while Tate Fowler came in for three innings of relief allowing two hits and one strike out.
Walding led the Hawks going 2-for-4 with one RBI and three stolen bases. Senior Stephen Bishop, Greg Clayton and sophomore Keegan Lambeth all recorded one hit in the 6-3 loss to Rhodes.
In the second game of the double-header Huntingdon trailed by four runs, 4-0, until the Hawks' offense strung together two runs in the 7th and three in the 8th inning for the, 5-4, victory against Rhodes.
The Lynx scored three runs in the bottom of the 4th inning off of starting pitcher freshman Joseph Fincher. In Fincher's second start of the season he went four innings allowing three runs on 9 hits and two strike outs. Rhodes added one more run in the 6th inning extending its margin to 4-0.
Sophomore Evan Agnew's one out walk in the top of the 7th inning started the Hawks comeback in the second game of the day. Walding and Bishop each singled loading the bases for senior Drew Harrell with one out. Harrell's single to center field scored Agnew and Walding cutting the deficit to two runs, 4-2.
Huntingdon sent three runners across home plate in the top of the 8th inning giving them the one run advantage, 5-4. Sophomore Caleb Astin and freshman Tyler Blackwell each singled in the first two at bats of the inning. Agnew singled up the middle scoring Astin and moving Blackwell over to third base with one out. With two outs and a 1-2 count, Harrell singled to right center driving in Blackwell for the tie and Agnew for the 5-4 lead.
Junior Caleb Cofield pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up one earned run on three hits for the Hawks. Senior Ryan Harrison (1-0) sealed the victory for Huntingdon throwing 3 2/3 scoreless innings securing the Hawks' third win of the season.
Harrell paced the squad going 4-for-5 from the plate with 4 RBI's and two stolen bases. Bishop went 3-for-4 on the day, while Agnew and White each record two of the Hawks 14 hits.
Huntingdon returns to action on Friday, Feb. 18, traveling to Fayetteville, North Carolina taking on Frostburg State at 12 p.m. Central.