No. 22 Pirates Complete Series Sweep With 18-4 Win Over Concord
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 22-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University baseball squad used a six-run first inning and a four-run second inning to cruise to an 18-4 victory over Concord on Sunday afternoon at Pirate Field, completing the weekend sweep of the Mountain Lions.
The Pirates (6-0) sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning, knocking Concord starter Mike Wood (0-2) out of the game with the six-run frame. Junior Richie Anderson had the big blow in the inning with a two-run home run.
Armstrong then followed with a four-run second inning, keyed by freshman R.J. Dennard's two-run double. The Pirates put up another four spot later in the fifth inning, getting an RBI triple from junior Casey Maloney and a two-run single by sophomore Clayton Miller.
After Concord plated four in the top of the seventh inning, thanks in large part to Josh Wenger's two-run double, the Pirates closed out the scoring with four more runs in the seventh.
Armstrong collected 11 hits in the game but benefitted from eight walks from Concord pitching and a school record-tying eight batters hit by pitches from the Mountain Lions. The Pirates also had eight batters hit by Adelphi on March 7, 2000, and the total ties for the third-most hit by pitches in a game in NCAA Division II history.
Junior Zach Taylor was the main target for the Pirates, getting hit three times - the fourth player in Armstrong history to get hit three times in one game and the last since Josh Dallas in 2007.
Senior Scott Strickland picked up his second win of the season for the Pirates with six innings of two-hit shutout ball, walking three and striking out three. Sophomore Cody Powell worked 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief, walking two while striking out one. Wood was saddled with the loss for Concord, giving up three hits and six runs - three earned - in 2/3rds of an inning of work.
Miller finished the game 2-for-3 with four RBIs to lead the Pirates offensively, while Dennard and Anderson both drove in three runs.
Armstrong returns to action on Friday, February 17, hosting No. 19 Southern Indiana in a 2:00 p.m. contest at Pirate Field.