SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong Atlantic State University baseball squad split a doubleheader with Philadelphia University on Thursday at Historic Grayson Stadium in Savannah. Philadelphia won game one, 7-5, but the Pirates took game two, 6-3.
Armstrong moved to 12-6 on the season with the non-conference split, while Philadelphia moved to 3-10-1. The two teams will wrap up the non-conference series with a single game at 1:00 p.m. back on campus at Pirate Field.
The Pirates broke open a close second game in the fifth inning with a three-run frame, turning a 2-1 advantage into a 5-1 lead by Armstrong. Back-to-back-to-back RBI singles by Chase Butler, R.J. Dennard and Clayton Miller
Philadelphia plated a run in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI triple by Jeff Bohus, but Armstrong answered with a single run in the seventh with a couple of errors. The Rams scored once in the eighth on an RBI single by Bohus to draw within three, but Chase Butler worked a scoreless ninth inning for his third save of the season.
Caleb Woods (3-1) picked up the win for the Pirates in game two with five innings of five-hit, one-run ball, striking out one. Casey O'Donnell (1-2) took the loss for Philadelphia in a complete-game effort, giving up 10 hits and six runs - five earned - in eight innings, walking two while striking out seven.
R.J. Dennard went 3-for-4 while Clayton Miller and Butler each had two hits for the Pirates in game two, while Ken McCormick went 3-for-5 and Bohu went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Rams.
In game one, one inning spelled the downfall for the Pirates as Philadelphia sent 11 men to the plate in a seven-run third inning, erasing a 2-0 deficit to build a 7-2 lead. A triple from Hunter Greenwood started the rally, then an error by Cody Sherlin added a run and, after two hit batters loaded the bases, T.J. Bergmann delivered a two-run single, while John Sczepanski followed with an RBI double and Chris Pelaez collected an RBI single.
Armstrong chipped away at the Rams' lead with a single run in the bottom of the third on a bases-loaded walk to Will Thomas, and a run in the fourth on an RBI groundout by R.J. Dennard. Down by three in the ninth, the Pirates got a leadoff double by Dennard and a walk by Clayton Miller, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Philadelphia closer Luke Floer pitched out of the jam with only one run allowed.
David Lerro (1-1) picked up the win in game one for Philadelphia, giving up eight hits and four runs - three earned - in eight innings of work, walking seven while striking out four. Chris Base (2-3) took the loss for the Pirates, giving up 10 hits and seven runs - two earned - in 7 2/3 innings of work, striking out six. Floer hurled one inning of one-run ball for his secod save of the season.
Cody Sherlin went 3-for-4 with an RBI to pace the Pirates in game one offensively, while Hunter Greenwood went 4-for-5 with an RBI for the Rams.