SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University baseball team closed out its intercollegiate history with a 6-3 win over No. 21-ranked UNC Pembroke on Sunday afternoon in Peach Belt Conference action at Pirate Field.
The Pirates played their final game as an intercollegiate program on Sunday, wrapping up a 50-year history of Armstorng State baseball at the four-year level and also closing out a storied program history with more than 1,600 wins. The victory over the Braves closed out the season at 23-25 for the Pirates, and ran the program record to 1,610-965 all-time. UNC Pembroke, who will be the No. 4 seed for the upcoming PBC Tournament, finishes its regular seaosn at 37-13 overall and 15-9 in the league.
Before first pitch, Armstrong State honored its baseball members of the Armstrong State Athletic Hall of Fame with commemorative rings, with 17 of the 21 members attending.
When the game began, UNC Pembroke got a two-out single from Ethan Baucom to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Armstrong State responded quickly, however, plating five runs in the bottom of the second inning - capped by a two-run single from junior Chandler Corley - to build a 5-1 lead.
Ryan Patterson's RBI double in the fifth pushed the lead to 6-1.
Junior Matt Meeks cruised through 8 2/3 innings, but ran into trouble in the ninth trying to hurl the complete game as pinch hitter Stibel Aleman Saba laced a two-run double to center field to cut the lead to 6-3. With the bases loaded, senior Caleb Woods came on in relief and got Lucas Ledford to line out to short to end the game and notch his second save of the year.
Meeks (4-4) notched the win in a 138-pitch effort, giving up nine hits and three runs through 8 2/3rds, walking three and striking out five. UNC Pembroke starter Jesse Stinnett (5-4) took the loss for the Braves, giving up eight hits and six runs in 5 2/3 innings, walking four while striking out three.
Corley's two hits and two RBI led the Pirates at the plate, while sophomore Zack Goble had two hits and junior Mike Warren went 1-for-1 with four walks and two runs scored. His hit extended his hitting streak to 29 games to end the season.
Luke Jackson and Roberto Rivera had two hits apiece for the Braves.
Below is a group picture of the Armstrong State baseball Hall of Famers honored before Sunday's contest.