No. 25 Pirates Pound Vulcans, 19-3, On Tuesday
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 25-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University baseball squad rapped out 17 hits and got eight RBIs from junior Zach Taylor in a 19-3 seven-inning victory over California (Pa.) on Tuesday afternoon at Pirate Field.
The win stretched the Pirates' winning streak to six as Armstrong improved to 15-5 overall on the season. California (Pa.) falls to 9-7 overall and finishes the 2012 Savannah Invitational with a 2-2 mark.
The Pirates pushed across an unearned run in the first inning, then tacked on four in the second on a bases-loaded walk to Casey Maloney and Taylor's bases-clearing 3-RBI double, making the lead 5-1.
Armstrong broke the game open in the third inning, batting around in a seven-run frame. Cody Powell led off the inning with a solo home run, then Mike Barnhill added an RBI single, knocking Cal (Pa.) starter Dave Kucenic (0-2) from the game. Maloney followed with another bases-loaded walk and then Taylor delivered a three-run triple.
The Pirates added another four runs in the fourth, highlighted by Alex Frederick's RBI double, then each team scored three runs in the fifth.
The Vulcans' Kyle Bowser knocked a two-RBI triple to right and Chuck Gasti followed with a sacrifice fly RBI to right. Armstrong answered with an RBI single by Barnhill, an RBI double by Taylor and a pinch-hit RBI single by Chandler Hall.
Jimmy Coughlin (2-0) was the beneficiary of the offense, picking up the win with four innings of six-hit, three-run ball, walking two while striking out three. Kucenic took the loss for the Vulcans, giving up eight hits and 10 runs - eight earned - in two-plus innings, walking three.
Taylor finished the game 4-for-4 with eight RBIs, the most RBIs in a game for a Pirate player since Kevin Bullard had nine RBIs in a 19-4 win over Queens (NY) on March 2, 2000. Drew Walker went 4-for-4 with four runs scored while John Roberts returned to the Pirate lineup after missing two weeks of action with a 3-for-4 day with three runs scored.
Bowser was the only Cal (Pa.) player to collect multiple hits as he went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to pace the Vulcans.
Armstrong returns to action on Thursday, March 15, hosting Tiffin in a Noon contest to close out the 2012 Savannah Invitational.