Welcome to the Haynes show
Georgia Southwestern outfielder Byron Haynes belted three home runs and had seven RBI in the Hurricanes sweep (9-6, 4-1) of West Georgia on Saturday evening at Hurricane Stadium.
GAME 1: GSW 9, UWG 6
Haynes wasted no time attacking Wolves pitching, hitting his first home run, a three-run shot to left, in his first at bat to give GSW a 3-0 lead after one inning of play. He added a solo home run in the fifth.
GSW led 6-1 after six innings and appeared to be crusing to a win in the opener before West Georgia (5-11) rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh to tie the score.
The score remained 6-6 until the bottom of the eighth when GSW closed out the scoring with a three-run frame, highlighted by Kevin Carroll's game-winning RBI double.
Chris Carroll (1-0) picked up his first win of the season by throwing two innings of scoreless relief. GSW starter Ryan Lackey tossed 6.1 innings and allowed four runs in his no-decision effort.
GAME 2: GSW 4, UWG 1
The second game of the twinbill was a pitcher's duel with a 1-1 score until the bottom of the fifth inning. That's when Haynes struck again, rocketing his third home run of the evening, another three-run round-tripper, to the top of the batting cage netting beyond the left field fence.
That was all the insurance GSW starter Jody Sellars needed. Sellars finished the game scattering seven hits while walking two and striking out three. The run surrendered in the first inning was unearned, as the result of a passed ball, so Sellars' ERA remains at 0.00 for the 2010 season. In 19 innings of work, Sellars is 3-0 and has not allowed an earned run.
Southwestern (6-4) is back in action on Wednesday, hosting Auburn-Montgomery in a non-conference game starting at 5 p.m.