SAVANNAH, Ga. - Young Harris College plated five runs in the top of the 11th inning to defeat Armstrong State University, 6-1, in Peach Belt Conference baseball action on Sunday at Pirate Field.
The two teams played their second extra-inning game of the weekend series, and the Mountain Lions (15-30, 7-17 PBC) picked up the win in their final game of the 2017 season. Armstrong State (21-23, 5-16 PBC) sees its five-game winning streak come to a close with the loss. The Pirates return to action on Tuesday, hosting Embry-Riddle at 3:00 p.m. at Pirate Field.
The game was even through nine innings as both starting pitchers threw excellent games. Young Harris starter Michael Livingston limited the Pirates to just seven hits and one run in nine innings, walking two and striking out seven. The only blemish on his line was an RBI fielder's choice by Trey Polewski in the fifth inning, and he threw 130 pitches on the day, 86 for strikes.
Similarly, Pirate starter Matt Meeks shined through 10 innings, giving up eight hits and one run, walking one while striking out five. Young Harris' Brett Westmoreland tagged Meeks for a solo home run in the seventh that sent the game into extra innings. Meeks through 124 pitches on the day, also 86 for strikes.
In the top of the 11th inning, Young Harris greeted reliever Caleb Woods with four straight hits, getting two on a two-run single from Rudy Gaona to snap the 1-1 tie, then adding two on an error and one on a fielder's choice for the five-run frame.
Woods (2-5) took the loss, giving up four hits and five runs - three earned - in 1/3rd of an inning, walking one. Young Harris reliever Jared Campbell (2-0) picked up the win, giving up two hits in two shutout innings, striking out two.
Ryan Patterson's 3-for-4 day led the Pirates at the plate, while Mike Warren singled in the sixth to extend his current hitting streak to 25 games. Zach Wall's three hits paced the Mountain Lions on the day.