SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University baseball squad completed a weekend series sweep of visiting Paine College with a pair of wins on Sunday at Pirate Field. The Pirates won game one, 21-2, and took game two, 11-0, in eight innings.
Armstrong State improves to 5-2 on the season with the wins, while Paine College falls to 0-6. The Pirates return to action on Wednesday, traveling to Sumter, S.C., to take on Catawba College in a 5:00 p.m. neutral site contest.
The Pirates opened up game one with two runs in the first inning on RBI singles by sophomore Zack Goble and freshman Timothy Gray. Paine tied the game up in the top of the third inning on a Ricky Carvajal two-run home run.
Armstrong State then broke the game open by sending 13 men to the plate in a nine-run bottom of the third inning, highlighted by a grand slam home run from freshman Will Hodges - his second grand slam home run in as many days. Junior Caleb Slaughter added a solo shot as well in the frame.
The Pirates then batted around in the fourth inning, scoring six runs. Armstrong State capped the scoring in the eighth with four runs, three on a bases-clearing three-run double by junior Chandler Corley.
Freshman Tanner Hall (2-0) picked up the win for the Pirates, giving up six hits and two runs in five innings of work, walking one while strikign out four.
Richard Marte took the loss for Paine, giving up 10 hits and 11 runs in 2 2/3 innings of work.
Hodges went 3-for-4 with five RBI, while Gray went 4-for-4 with four RBI and Corley finished the game 2-for-5 with five RBI. Ricky Carvajal went 2-for-5 with two RBI to lead the Lions in game one.
In game two, the Pirates scored in all but one inning of the eight-inning contest to take an 11-1 win over the Lions. Armstrong State led 2-0 heading to the bottom of the fourth and broke open the game with a six-run frame, getting a two-run double by Goble and a two-run single by Hodges to build an 8-0 lead.
Senior Tray Roberts launched a solo home run in the fifth, and junior Tyler Epps hit a solo home run in the sixth to add to the Pirates' lead. Paine's lone run came in the top of the eighth inning on an RBI single by Jahziel Morel.
Sophomore Sam Goberdhan (1-0) picked up the win in game two, giving up three hits and no runs in five innings, walking one while striking out three. Zach Radar (0-2) took the loss for Paine, givign up 13 hits and 10 runs - nine earned - in six innings of work, walking three while striking out four.
Junior Mike Warren went 3-for-4 in game two for the Pirates, while Hodges went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Corley, Goble and Roberts each had two hits and two RBI.