No. 20 Pirates Use Big Seventh Inning For 11-2 Win At Augusta State
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The No. 20-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University baseball squad plated 10 runs in the seventh inning to pick up an 11-2 non-conference victory over Augusta State on Thursday evening at Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta.
The win was the 10th for the Pirates (19-6) in the last 11 games and the big inning also extended Armstrong's streak to 26 games of scoring six or more runs in a contest. Augusta State fell to 8-22 on the season with the loss, their ninth straight defeat.
The Jaguars pushed across the game's first two runs in the first inning on a two-out, two-RBI single by Kevin Dodson.
Armstrong picked up one back in the fifth on a bizarre play where a tapper back to the mound by Casey Maloney with runners on second and third resulted in a rundown after the out was recorded at first, but Jaguar shortstop Kevin Dodson missed the tag on Mike Barnhill, allowing Clayton Miller to score from third for the Pirates' first run of the game.
The Pirates then put together a big seventh inning against Rob Crosby (0-3), getting the tying run on a Barnhill RBI single and taking the lead on an RBI single by Maloney. John Roberts had the big blow in the inning with a bases-loaded three-run double.
Senior Travis Morris (2-1) settled down after the first inning and did not give up a hit over the next five innings, netting the win with six innings of two-hit ball, giving up two unearned runs while walking three and striking out seven.
Crosby took the loss for the Jaguars, giving up seven hits and five runs - four earned - while striking out two and walking one in 6 1/3 innings pitched.
Barnhill went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Pirates at the plate, while Maloney went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Roberts finished the night with three RBIs.
Jeff Rice went 2-for-4 to lead the Jaguars at the plate.
Armstrong returns to action on Saturday, March 24, hosting Francis Marion in a 2:00 p.m. Peach Belt Conference contest at Pirate Field.