SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 21-ranked UNC Pembroke baseball squad built a 12-1 lead and held on for a 14-11 Peach Belt Conference victory over host Armstrong State University on Friday afternoon at Pirate Field.
The Braves improved to 36-12 and 14-8 in the PBC with the win, while Armstrong State fell to 22-24 overall and 5-17 in the PBC with the loss. The two teams will continue their three-game PBC series on Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. first pitch. It will also be Senior Day for the Pirates.
UNC Pembroke scored in each of the first six innings to build a 12-1 advantage. Ethan Baucom did most of the damage for the Braves with an RBI single in the first and a two-run double in the fourth, while five Pirate errors in the first three innings resulted in the first seven runs scored by UNCP being unearned.
The Pirates started their comeback with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, including a two-run double from Stetson Smith. Chancler Corley's solo home run in the eighth made the score 12-7, but Baucom hit a two-run blast in the top of the ninth to make the score 14-7.
In the bottom of the ninth, Cal Young's RBI single and Smith's two-run triple made the score 14-10. Mike Warren followed with an RBI single, but UNC Pembroke reliever River Ryan retired the next three batters to close out the win for the Braves.
Anthony Burke (9-1) notched the win for the Braves, giving up nine hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings, walking two while striking out one. Pirate starter Sam Goberdhan (3-5) was saddled with the loss, giving up three hits and seven unearned runs in three innings, walking four while striking out two.
Smith finished the day 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and five RBI. Corley had three hits, as did Warren, who extended his current hitting streak to 27 games. Baucom went 5-for-6 with five RBI to lead the Braves.