SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University baseball squad used timely hitting to come up with a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader sweep of visiting Young Harris College on Saturday afternoon at Pirate Field. Mike Warren's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 14th gave the Pirates an 8-7 win in game one, while Armstrong State held on for a 9-8 win in game two.
The pair of wins stretch the Pirates' current win streak to five as Armstrong State improved to 21-22 overall and 5-15 in the PBC. Young Harris falls to 14-30 overall and 6-20 in the league. Due to impending rainshowers in the area on Sunday, the start time for the third game of the series has been moved up to 11:00 a.m.
Young Harris had three solo home runs in game one. Zach Odom led off the game with one in the first, while Zach Wall had one in the fifth that cut the Pirates' lead to 6-5. Zach Beggs then drilled a solo shot leading off the top of the eighth inning that tied the score at 6-all and sent the game into extra innings.
In the top of the 14th inning, pinch hitter Royce Woolfolk hit a bloop double down the right field line that plated Nick Sexton with the go-ahead run, making the score 7-6 in favor of Young Harris.
The bottom of the 14th saw the Pirates get a one-out single by Will Hodges and a walk by Timothy Gray to put the tying and winning runs on base. A fielder's choice put runners on the corners with two out, then Will Browning singled to center field to tie the game at 7-all. Warren then followed with his game-winning single to give the Pirates their first extra-inning win of the season.
Caleb Woods (2-4) picked up the win in relief for the Pirates, hurling two innings of three-hit, one-run ball, striking out one. Wall (0-2) took the loss for the Mountain Lions, giving up three hits and two runs in 3 2/3 innings of work, walking three.
Warren and Patterson each had three hits for the Pirates in game one, while Wall went 4-for-6 for the Mountain Lions and Sexton had three hits and three runs scored.
In game two, the Pirates had two early big innings to build a 6-1 lead, getting three runs in the second inning - two on a Stetson Smith RBI double - and three more runs in the third innig on a two-run Zack Goble double and a Will Hodges sacrifice fly.
Young Harris got it all back in the fifth inning, batting around en route to plating five runs - two on a two-run single by Wall and RBI singles from Rudy Gaona and Cory Ewald, as well as an RBI fielder's choice.
Chandler Corley and Ryan Patterson had back-to-back RBI singles in the sixth to give the Pirates an 8-6 lead. Zach Odom had an infield RBI single in the seventh - his school-record 200th hit of his career - to cut the lead to 8-7.
Patterson delivered an important insurance run in the eighth with his two-out RBI single. Young Harris got another RBI single from Odom in the ninth that made the score 9-8, but reliever Nathan Ward struck out Sexton to end the contest and complete the sweep.
Tray Roberts (1-0) picked up the win for the Pirates in relief, hurling 1 2/3 innings of two-hit ball, giving up an unearned run. Ward earned his first save of the season, giving up three hits and one unearned run in 2 1/3 innings, striking out three. Hudson Graham (1-5) took the loss in game two for the Mountain Lions, giving up 10 hits and eight runs - five earned - in 5 2/3 innings, walking two while striking out one.
Warren had a 3-for-4 game in game two for the Pirates, extending his current hitting streak to 24 games while also getting three or more hits for his sixth game in a row. Patterson added three hits while Goble had two hits and two RBI. Sexton and Odom paced Young Harris in game two with four hits apiece.