SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University baseball squad completed a four-game weekend sweep of visiting Salem International University with a pair of wins on Sunday at Pirate Field. The Pirates won the first game, 21-3, and took the second game, 11-2.
The wins stretch Armstrong State's winning streak to eight games as the Pirates improved to 9-2 on the season. Salem International fell to 0-10 overall with the losses. Armstrong State returns to action on Tuesday, visiting Claflin for a 5:00 p.m. non-conference contest with the Panthers.
The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of Sunday's game one on a two-run home run by sophomore Zack Goble. Salem International scored a single run on an error in the second, then freshman Timothy Gray connected on a solo home run in the bottom of the second. A sacrifice fly by Zach Mullinax in the top of the third made the score 3-2, but Armstrong State then scored 14 runs in the bottom of the third inning - including a two-run home run from freshman Will Hodges and a three-run shot from Goble - to break open the contest.
Armstrong State finished up with 18 hits in the game as Goble went 3-for-4 with two home runs, four runs scored and seven RBI to lead the attack. Sophomore Sam Goberdhan (2-0) picked up the win in the seven-inning contest with four innings of two-hit ball, giving up two unearned runs and walking two while striking out five.
Salem International starter Steven Craddock (0-1) took the loss, giving up two hits and two runs in one inning, striking out one.
In game two, the Pirates used a six-run second inning, highlighed by a three-run home run by senior Spencer Harvey, to go on to the 11-2 win in seven innings. Harvey went 2-for-5 with four RBI while junior Caleb Slaughter went 3-for-4 with two RBI to pace the Pirate bats.
Senior Blake Turner (1-1) picked up the win for the Pirates in game two, hurling four innings of two-hit shutout ball, walking three while striking out five. Abel Hernandez (0-3) took the loss for the Tigers, giving up 13 hits and 11 runs, nine earned, in four innings of work, walking one while striking out seven.