SAVANNAH, Ga. - Armstrong State University sophomore Zack Goble's three-run home run capped an eight-run eighth inning to give the Pirates a come-from-behind 11-8 non-conference baseball victory over visiting Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Tuesday afternoon at Pirate Field.
The Pirates (22-23) move back to within a game of .500 heading into this weekend's season finale series. Embry-Riddle falls to 13-32 on the season with the loss. Armstrong State begins its last weekend of play on Friday, hosting No. 21 UNC Pembroke at 3:00 p.m. at Pirate Field.
Armstrong State led early, 2-1, thanks to freshman Mark Felton's first career home run in the bottom of the second inning. Embry-Riddle took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third inning on Jonathan Camp's RBI single and an error by the Pirates.
The Eagles then broke out for five runs in the top of the fourth inning, highlighted by a pair of Pirate errors and an RBI triple by Robbie Hanlon.
Chandler Corley's RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning made the score 8-3, where it stayed until the bottom of the eighth inning, when the Pirates got RBI singles from Mike Warren and Corley then a bases-clearing double from Ryan Patterson that tied the game up at 8-all.
After a pitching change, Caleb Slaughter walked, then Goble blasted a three-run shot to left field to break the tie and give the Pirates an 11-8 lead.
Embry-Riddle got the first two batters on in the top of the ninth, but reliever Nick Andress entered the game and got a 4-6-3 double play ball, then a groundout to short to end the game and earn his second save of the season.
Sid Royal (1-0) notched the win in relief for the Pirates, hurling 4 1/3 innings of three-hit shutout ball, walking one while striking out four. Kyle Lugar (1-1) took the loss in relief for the Eagles, giving up three hits and three runs without getting an out in the eighth inning.
Corley and Warren each had three hits on the day, with Warren extending his current hitting streak to 26 games. Camp went 3-for-5 with two RBI to lead Embry-Riddle at the plate.