SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University baseball squad picked up its first Peach Belt Conference series win of the year on Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader from host Georgia Southwestern State at Hurricane Stadium. The Pirates won game one, 16-6, and took game two, 7-3.
The wins pushed the Pirates' record to 18-22 overall and 3-15 in the PBC, while the Hurricanes fell to 17-23 overall and 9-12 in the league. Armstrong State returns to action on Tuesday, visiting Albany State for a 6:00 p.m. non-conference contest in Albany, Ga.
In game one, the Pirates pounded out 18 hits in picking up the 10-run victory. With the score tied at 5-all, freshman Will Hodges' RBI single in the sixth broke the deadlock, and the Pirates scored four runs in the seventh and eighth innings to cruise to the victory.
Sophomore Stetson Smith went 4-for-5 with three runs scored to lead the attack, while junior Mike Warren and sophomore Zack Goble each had three hits. Junior Chandler Corley, senior Ryan Patterson and junior Caleb Slaughter each drove in three runs.
Freshman Tanner Hall (4-2) picked up the win for the Pirates, giving up five hits and five runs in seven innings of work, walking five while striking out four. Jordan McIlwain (2-6) took the loss for the Hurricanes, giving up 10 hits and six runs - three earned - in six innings, walking four while striking out six.
In game two, junior Matt Meeks limited the Hurricanes to two runs over 7 2/3 innings, while Warren went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and his first home run of the season to lead the Pirates to the doubleheader sweep.
Meeks (3-4) gave up eight hits and three walks while striking out three to notch the win. Patterson had a two-run double in the second inning and Slaughter added a pair of RBI singles
Dylan Brown (3-6) took the loss in game two for the Hurricanes, giving up seven hits and six runs in six innings, walking seven and striking out four.