SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University baseball squad split a doubleheader with Davis & Elkins College on Saturday, dropping game one 3-2 to the Senators, while roaring back to take game two, 23-7, at Pirate Field.
The Pirates moved to 11-3 on the year with the split, while Davis & Elkins improved to 1-7. The two teams will wrap up their three-game weekend series on Sunday with a Noon contest at Pirate Field.
Armstrong State scored a single run in the second inning of game one with freshman Trey Polewski's two-out single. Davis & Elkins - held hitless through 5 2/3 by junior Matt Meeks - broke through with three runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Cody Gwinn and an error that led to a pair of runs.
The Pirates got one run back in the eighth on junior Mike Warren's RBI single, and had the tying run at third base and the winning run at second with two outs in the ninth when junior Will Browning's ball hit third base runner Timothy Gray in foul territory. The home plate umpire ruled that Gray was in fair territory on the play, ending the ballgame.
Tyler Honeycutt (1-2) notched the win for the Senators with 6 1/3 innings of 8-hit, 1-run ball, walking three while striking out five. Forest Williamson worked a scoreless ninth, giving up two hits, to notch his first save of the season. Meeks (2-1) took the loss for the Pirates, giving up three hits and three runs - one earned - in 6 2/3 innings, walking two while striking out eight.
Junior Caleb Slaughter had two hits, including a double, to lead the Pirates at the plate in game one. Armstrong State left 15 men on base in the contest.
Game two saw Armstrong State score five runs in the first, six in the second and five in the third to rout the Senators in the 23-7 win.
Senior Ryan Patterson went 4-for-5 with three doubles and four RBI, while Warren and Slaughter also had four hits apiece. Will Hodges had a three-run home run and Browning had his first career home run, a solo shot in the sixth.
Tanner Hall improved to 3-0 on the season for the Pirates with five innings of work, giving up seven hits and six runs - three earned - while walking one and striking out six.
Noah Jarboe (0-1) took the loss for Davis & Elkins, giving up eight hits and nine runs in 1 1/3 innings of work, walking two.