No. 21 Pirates Sweep No. 18 Southern Indiana On Friday
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 21-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University baseball squad notched a doubleheader sweep of visiting No. 18-ranked Southern Indiana, winning 12-4 and 14-2 on Friday at Pirate Field.
The Pirates improved to 8-0 on the season while ruining the season-opening day for the Screamin' Eagles (0-2) while also extending its winning streak against USI to four straight.
In game one, the Pirates plated four-run innings in both the first and second frames to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Sophomore Cody Powell hit a bases-clearing double, driving in three runs to cap the second inning scoring.
Southern Indiana got a run back in the fourth on an wild pitch, but the Pirates plated three in the sixth to put the game out of reach.
Sophomore Ethan Bader (3-0) notched the win, giving up seven hits and one run in six innings, striking out nine. Silas Dill (0-1) took the loss for the Screamin' Eagles, giving up nine hits and eight runs in five innings, walking four and striking out three.
Powell finished game one with two hits and a career-high five RBIs while senior Alex Frederick went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs. Jarrod Rose went 3-for-5 to lead Southern Indiana.
In game two, the Pirates sent 11 men to the plate in a seven-run fourth inning, breaking open a 1-0 game and cruising to the 14-2 win. Junior Zach Taylor launched a two-run home run to cap the scoring in the inning, then Taylor added a two-run triple in a three-run fifth inning to build an 11-0 lead.
Senior Scott Strickland (3-0) was the beneficiary of all the offense as he earned the win for Armstrong, going 6 1/3 innings and giving up seven hits and two runs, walking five while striking out two. Scott Cole (0-1) took the loss for USI, giving up four hits and six runs in three-plus innings, walking two and striking out two.
Senior Eric Fowler pitched three innings of one-hit shutout ball combined in the two games for Armstrong.
Southern Indiana was led in game two by Reece Rounder, who had three hits and an RBI.
Armstrong and Southern Indiana will wrap up its three-game series on Saturday with a single game at Noon.