'Canes win 12-inning thriller

'Canes win 12-inning thriller

Kevin Carroll's sacrifice fly to center field in the bottom of the 12th inning, gave GSW a 4-3 baseball victory over Auburn-Montgomery Wednesday evening at Hurricane Field.

Southwestern improved to 8-9 overall. AUM, ranked no. 18 nationally in NAIA, fell to 9-8.

AUM took a 2-0 lead after scoring runs in the first and second innings.  GSW answered with runs in the home half of the third and the fifth to tie the game.

It stayed tied 2-2 until the ninth. Back-to-back two-out doubles gave the Senators the lead. However, Tanner Williams was thrown out at third attempting to stretch his hit into a triple for the final out of the frame.  In the 'Canes half of the ninth, pinch hitter Cody Adams roped a one-out double to score Carroll from second. Southwestern was unable to close out the game as the last two batters recorded outs.

In the 12th for GSW, after Bud Long reached on an error, Francisco Gomez and Noble Coley were walked to set the stage for Carroll's game-winning sacrifice fly.

Shane Moye was AUM's only player with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a double.

Zack Stanton led four Hurricanes with multi-hit nights, going 3-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base, while Long went 3-for-6 with a run and stolen base, as well. Carroll added two hits and two run while knocking in the game-winning RBI and Chris Lingham had two hits and a stolen base.

Bud Fuller (1-2) pitched three innings of scoreless relief to get the win. Wade Skinner (0-1) pitched the final 2.2 innings for AUM and took the loss. Both starting pitchers performed well as the Hurricanes' Jody Sellars and Auburn-Montgomery's Ridgely Plaines got no-decisions.

The Hurricanes travel to Florida Southern for a weekend series starting on Friday at 7:00 p.m.


PICTURED: Bud Fuller

PHOTO BY: Chris Fenn