March 22, 2009

Armstrong Atlantic completes sweep of GSW, 10-3

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong Atlantic State baseball squad completed a three-game Peach Belt Conference sweep of visiting Georgia Southwestern on Sunday with a 10-3 victory.

GSW (12-20, 4-8 PBC), who had not been swept in a three-game series since last April at North Georgia, has last lost five of their last six games.

A wild pitch by former AASU hurler Andrew Whiggum led to the Pirates' first run of the ball game in the bottom of the first, scoring Juan Dorado, but Hurricanes catcher Francisco Gomez threw out Kenny Cail at third to end the inning when Cail tried to take third base from first.

Southwestern tied the game up in the top of the second without the benefit of a hit. Jared Allen walked, stole second base and took third when John Roberts' throw went into center field. A sacrifice fly by Heath Lock then brought Allen home with the run.

The Pirates retook the lead in the third on Josh Wilson's inside-the-park home run to right field. Wilson's shot went over the head of right fielder Lock, and when Lock collided hard with the fence, it allowed Wilson to scamper around the bases for his fourth home run of the season.

AASU (23-8, 4-5 PBC) broke the game open in the fourth, sending 10 men to the plate in a five-run frame. Alex Wyche drove in a pair with a bases-loaded single, while Juan Dorado drew a bases-loaded walk and Drew Walker picked up an RBI single.

Walker then added a bases-clearing triple in the seventh inning for three more RBIs, bringing the score to 10-1. Georgia Southwestern finished the scoring in the top of the ninth on a two-run home run by Daniel Lynn, his first home run of the season.

Junior righthander Thomas Gray (6-1) won his fourth consecutive start, hurling seven innings of six-hit ball, giving up just one unearned run, walking two and striking out two. Whiggum (2-4) took the loss for the Hurricanes, giving up seven hits and six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out one.

Walker finished the day 3-for-4 with four RBIs, while Alex Wyche went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, extending his hitting streak to 17 games. Georgia Southwestern was led by Lynn's 3-for-4 day and two hits from Gomez.

Southwestern returns to action on Wednesday with a 4:00 p.m. non-conference game at Thomas University.

 

PICTURED: Daniel Lynn

PHOTO BY: Chris Fenn