No. 5 Pirates Run Streak To 14 With 5-2 Win Over No. 25 UNC Pembroke
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 5-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University baseball squad won its school-record 11th consecutive Peach Belt Conference contest with a 5-2 win over No. 25 UNC Pembroke on Sunday, stretching the Pirates' current win streak to 14.
Armstrong's 11 straight PBC wins betters the 10 in a row won from April 7-28, 2001, and the 14-game win streak is the best for the Pirates (35-9, 19-8 PBC) since an 18-game win streak during the 2009 season. UNC Pembroke (29-18, 14-15 PBC) wraps up its league slate in fifth place in the East Division and must need help in order to advance to the PBC Tournament.
The Pirates pushed across a single run in the bottom of the first inning on Alex Frederick's one-out RBI double to left center, but the Braves tied things up in the top of the second inning on a leadoff single by Eitan Maoz, a wild pitch, and consecutive groundouts to short that made the score 1-1.
Armstrong took the lead for good in the fifth inning on Zach Taylor's two-run home run to center field, his PBC-leading 14th homer of the year. John Roberts added a solo shot leading off the sixth inning, then a sacrifice fly by Will Thomas pushed the lead to 5-1.
UNC Pembroke battled back in the eighth, loading the bases with nobody out against Pirate starter Scott Strickland. A dropped fly ball in right by Richie Anderson allowed one run to score, but Strickland got a popup off the bat of Tyler Potter for the first out of the inning, then freshman Chess Malone came on in relief and struck out Jordan Edgerton and J.J. Williams to end the threat.
Malone hurled 1 2/3 innings of one-hit relief, walking one and striking out two for his third save of the season and second save of the weekend series. Strickalnd improved to 8-1 on the season with 7 1/3 innings of eight-hit two-run ball, striking out seven.
Bryan Collins (1-1) took the loss for the Braves, giving up nine hits and five runs in 5 1/3 innings of work, walking one while striking out two.
Every Armstrong starter had at least one hit in the game as Maloney, Roberts, Walker and Anderson each collected two hits. Josh Haley, Andrew Alford, Williams and Maoz each had two hits for the Braves.
Armstrong next visits Erskine on Tuesday, April 24th, for a 3:00 p.m. non-conference contest in Due West, S.C.