Pirates Power Past USC Beaufort, 16-4, On Wednesday

Pirates Power Past USC Beaufort, 16-4, On Wednesday

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University baseball squad used five doubles and a grand slam home run from senior Ryan Patterson to power past No. 18 (NAIA) USC Beaufort, 16-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Pirate Field.

The Pirates (13-3) halted an eight-game win streak for the Sand Sharks (9-4) while picking up their third straight win. Armstrong State will next open up Peach Belt Conference play by hosting No. 9-ranked USC Aiken for a 1:30 p.m. contest on Friday at Pirate Field.

Armstrong State got an RBI groundout from Patterson for a quick 1-0 lead in the first, then plated five runs in the second, highlighted by RBI doubles from Mark Felton and Zack Goble.

Will Hodges then added a pair of runs with a two-run double in the fourth and the Pirates tacked on two more on an error by the Sand Sharks for the 10-0 lead.

After Goble's second RBI double of the game in the fifth made the score 11-0, the Sand Sharks got on the board with a three-run sixth inning. Patterson then put the game out of reach with a grand slam that capped a five-run eighth inning - the fourth grand slam of the season for Armstrong State in just 16 games. The school record for grand slams in a season is five, set in 1992 and in 2007.

Aaron Bentley (3-0) was the beneficiary of the offense, picking up his third win of the season in as many starts. He gave up three hits and three runs in six innings, walking six while striking out two.

USC Beaufort starter Colin Tindall (0-1) took the loss, giving up six hits and six runs in 2 1/3 innings of work, walking one and striking out three.

Patterson finished the day 1-for-5 with six RBI and three runs scored, while Corley and Goble each drove in two with two hits.

USC Beaufort's Alex Murphy had two hits for the Sand Sharks in the contest.