SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University baseball squad snapped its eight-game losing streak with a 21-2 non-conference victory over visiting Claflin University on Tuesday afternoon at Pirate Field.
The Pirates (14-11) reached 20+ runs in a game for the fourth time this season in ending their losing streak. Claflin fell to 6-18 on the year as the Panthers dropped their sixth straight. Armstrong State returns to action on Friday, traveling to Augusta for a 6:00 p.m. Peach Belt Conference contest against the Jaguars.
Claflin struck first in the contest thanks to a one-out triple by Darrell Langston and a passed ball in the top of the first inning, but senior Ryan Patterson's solo home run in the bottom of the first tied the game at 1 apiece.
An error and an RBI single from freshman Mark Felton in the second put the Pirates up by a 3-1 score, then Armstrong State tacked on six runs in the third inning - capped by a three-run home run from junior Chandler Corley - to make the score 9-1.
The Pirates then put the game out of reach in the fifth, sending 11 men to the plate in an eight-run frame, highlighted by a two-run triple by sophomore Stetson Smith.
Senior Nathan Ward (2-0) notched the win for the Pirates in relief with 2 2/3 innings of three-hit shutout ball, walking one while striking out three. Travis Martinez (1-1) took the loss for Claflin, giving up six hits and five runs - four earned - in two-plus innings of work, walking two.
Sophomore Zack Goble went 4-for-5 with four runs scored to lead the 19-hit attack for the Pirates. Smith had two hits and four RBI, while Corley finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBI. Langston's 3-for-4 day led the Panthers at the plate.