SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University baseball squad rapped out 20 hits in picking up a 17-8 win over visiting Paine College on Saturday afternoon at Pirate Field.
The Pirates (3-2) will host the Lions (0-4) in an 11 a.m. doubleheader on Sunday to wrap up the three-game series at Pirate Field.
Armstrong State scored four runs in the first inning - three coming courtesy of a three-run home run by sophomore Zach Goble - to take an early 4-0 lead. The Pirates scored in each of the first six innings, putting up three-run frames in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 12-1 lead.
Paine scored a single run in the top of the sixth on a Jaron Johnson RBI single, but the Pirates plated five in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to a wild pitch and a grand slam home run by freshman Will Hodges, his first collegiate home run.
The Lions answered back with five runs in the top of the seventh, including a pair on a two-run home run by Adam Martin, to make the score 17-7. Paine capped the scoring in the ninth on an RBI double by Randal Quarles.
In all, the Pirates had 20 hits on the day, including four doubles and two home runs. Junior Caleb Slaughter broke out of an 0-for-16 slump by going 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI, while senior Ryan Patterson went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored.
Matt Meeks (1-0) picked up the win for the Pirates, hurling five innings of four-hit, one-run ball, walking three while striking out four. Evan Krenz (0-2) took the loss for the Lions, giving up 14 hits and 12 runs in four-plus innings of work, walking four while striking out three.
Martin led the Lions at the plate with a 2-for-5 day, driving in three, while Johnson went 3-for-5 as well.