SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University baseball squad collected 44 hits in a doubleheader sweep of visiting Salem International University on Saturday at Pirate Field. The Pirates won game one, 20-4, and took game two, 18-2, in seven innings.
The wins run the Pirates' current win streak to six as Armstrong State improves to 7-2 on the year. Salem International falls to 0-8 on the season with the losses. The two teams will wrap up their weekend series with a pair of games on Sunday, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Armstrong State busted the game wide open in the seventh as the first 12 batters in the inning reached base, leading to an 11-run outburst - including a grand slam home run from senior Ryan Patterson. In all, the Pirates had 22 hits in the first-game win.
Junior Ryan Meeks (2-0) picked up the win in game one, limiting the Tigers to six hits and two runs - one earned - in seven innings of work, striking out eight. Albert Cartenuto (0-1) took the loss for Salem International, giving up 11 hits and seven runs - three earned - in six innings of work, walking three while striking out one.
Patterson went 3-for-4 with two doubles and his grand slam home run, while junior Mike Warren went 3-for-6 with three RBI. Matthew Flores went 2-for-3 with a two-run double to lead the Tigers in game one.
In game two, the Pirates used a nine-run first inning to jump out to the early lead and cruise to the 18-2 win. Junior Chandler Corley swung the big bat of the second game for the Pirates, going 4-for-5 with a three-run home run and a total of seven RBI, a career high. Sophomore Zack Goble went 4-for-5 with three RBI as well.
Nathan Ward (1-0) picked up the win in relief with 1 2/3 innings of one-hit shutout relief, walking one while striking out two. Jordan Wagner (0-2) took the loss for the Tigers, giving up eight hits and nine runs in one inning of work, walking three while striking out one.