SAVANNAH, Ga. - Armstrong State University plated four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to claim its first Peach Belt Conference baseball win, defeating Flagler College 6-4 on Saturday afternoon at Pirate Field.
The Pirates (16-19, 1-13 PBC) evened up the weekend series with the Saints (23-16, 11-6 PBC) with the win. The rubber game of the series will be on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. to wrap up the weekend of play.
Flagler struck first in the contest, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first inning on a bases-loaded walk and passed ball.
The Pirates tied things up in the bottom of the sixth inning on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Will Hodges. Flagler answered right back though, getting a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning on a pinch-hit two-run single by Sean Lawlor that put the Saints back up, 4-2.
Armstrong State loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh inning and tied the game up on Chandler Corley's sacrifice fly, followed by Ryan Patterson's RBI fielder's choice. Hodges followed three batters later with a two-out two-RBI single that broke the 4-4 tie and gave the Pirates a 6-4 lead.
In the top of the eighth inning, Flagler loaded the bases with nobody out against reliever Caleb Woods (1-3), but Woods got a pop out, a strikeout and a groundout to get out of the jam and preserve the lead. Woods then worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to notch the win, going 3 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and two runs, walking four while striking out three.
Ryan Ashworth (2-4) took the loss for the Saints, giving up nine hits and five runs in six-plus innings, walking two while striking out two.
Hodges finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead the Pirates at the plate, while Flagler's Dylan Jones and Igor Baez each went 3-for-5.