Big Eighth Inning Sends Pirates Past No. 24 Braves On Senior Day

Big Eighth Inning Sends Pirates Past No. 24 Braves On Senior Day

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong Atlantic State University baseball squad scored seven runs in the eighth inning to snap a 2-2 tie and claim a 9-2 Peach Belt Conference victory over No. 24-ranked UNC Pembroke on Saturday afternoon at Pirate Field.

The Pirates (23-14, 14-11 PBC) extend their current win streak to eight with the victory over the Braves (33-14, 15-10) while also moving to within just a game of UNCP in the league standings. The two teams will wrap up their Peach Belt series with a Noon doubleheader on Sunday.

UNC Pembroke struck first in the contest with a two-run double down the right field line off the bat of Dalton Knight in the fourth inning to stake the Braves to a 2-0 lead. Senior Clayton Miller answered with a solo home run to center field in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut the lead to one, then tied things up with an RBI single in the sixth inning to make it a 2-2 contest.

The Pirates then scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning without the ball leaving the infield - on an error, a bases-loaded walk to Zach Lance and an RBI groundout by Joey Lupus - before senior Dalton Johnson capped the big inning with a grand slam home run to right field, his first career grand slam as a Pirate. 

Armstrong starter Ryan Good (6-3) limited the Braves to three hits and two runs in a complete-game performance, walking one while striking out five to notch the victory. Logan Cook (5-2) took the loss for the Braves, giving up seven hits and nine runs - five earned - in 7 2.3 innings of action, walking five while striking out six.

Johnson went 2-for-4 with four RBIs while Miller went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead Armstrong offensively. 

Prior to the contest, Armstrong honored its four seniors - Johnson, Miller and pitchers Ethan Bader and Mitchell Dolan - in a pre-game ceremony.