SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 29-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University baseball squad used an eight-run second inning to glide past visiting Concord University, 15-6, on Saturday afternoon at Pirate Field.
The Pirates improved to 5-0 with the victory, while Concord falls to 0-2 on the young season with the loss.
The Mountain Lions struck first in the game with two runs in the top of the first inning on a Bret Blevins RBI single and an error by the Pirates, but Armstrong answered back in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Clayton Miller.
The Pirates then put the game out of reach early, sending 12 men to the plate in an eight-run second inning. Chase Butler drove in a pair with a double while R.J. Dennard and Will Thomas each added RBI doubles and Nathan Ward added a two-RBI single.
Junior Mitchell Dolan (1-0) relieved starter Ethan Bader in the first inning and hurled 5 2/3 innings of two-hit relief, giving up just one earned run to notch the win for the Pirates, striking out three while walking two. Caleb Woods hurled three innings of one-hit shutout ball to notch his first save of the season.
Drew Spear (0-1) took the loss for the Mountain Lions, giving up six hits and nine earned runs in 1 2/3 innings of work, walking five while striking out one.
Butler finished the game 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs to pace the Pirates offensively. Cody Sherlin went 3-for-3 with five runs scored and two stolen bases, while Thomas went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
Concord was led by Blevins' two hits on the day.
Armstrong and Concord wrap up their three-game series on Sunday with an 11:00 a.m. contest at Pirate Field.