No. 8 Campbellsville too much for Hawks in Friday double-header
Rome, Ga. - No. 8 Campbellsville University (Ky.) used a pair of timely home runs in game one and scored nine runs in the first two innings of game two en route to a pair of victories over host Shorter College on Friday afternoon as part of a weekend, three-game series.
The Tigers (2-0), who advanced to the NAIA National Championships last season, took the opener 6-1 before topping the Hawks 15-4 in the final game of the day.
In game one, Campbellsville scored twice in the top of the second and first baseman Craig Edwards hit a two-run homer to right field in the fourth inning as the Tigers raced out to a 4-0 advantage.
Shorter's Scott Morris drew the Hawks (2-6) to within 4-1 with a two-out, RBI single that scored Matt Johnson in the bottom of the fourth, but Shorter stranded 10 men on base in the game and Campbellsville got another two-run shot from catcher Richie Rowland in the top of the fifth to secure its first win of the year.
Hawks' starter Tim Day lasted six innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Johnson finished 2-for-3 with a run for the Hawks, who out hit the guests 8-7, but also committed three errors.
In the nightcap, Campbellsville's first three batters of the game produced two runs as part of a five-run first inning and the Tigers added four more in the top of the second in cruising to the victory.
An Austin Roberts RBI double to right center in the fourth put Shorter on the board and the Hawks followed in the fifth with two more tallies.
Pinch-hitter Bart Butler was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Blake Chapman followed with an RBI single down the right field line to cut the Campbellsville lead to 11-3, but Campbellsville put four more run on the board in the top of the seventh to snuff out any Shorter rally.
Kurtis Robinson led the Hawks at the plate in game two, going 2-for-3 with two runs. He hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot over the right field wall, in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Tigers recorded 17 hits in the win, but Hawks' reliever Adam Pilate pitched relatively well in his three innings of work, allowing no earned runs and striking out two in 44 pitches.
Shorter and Campbellsville will conclude their three-game set tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 20 in a nine-inning affair beginning at 1 p.m. at the Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex.