Warhawks sweep doubleheader, series from Spring Hill | Schools
After rallying from a three-run deficit in the final two innings to pick up a 4-3 win in the opener, the Auburn Montgomery baseball team rolled to a 12-0 seven-inning victory in the nightcap to complete a three-game sweep of Southern States Athletic Conference rival Spring Hill Saturday at Stan Galle Field.
With the sweep, the Warhawks improved to 22-14 on the year and 9-9 in league play. The Badgers fell to 12-22 overall and 4-14 within the conference.
Early in the opening game, the AUM defense was its own worst enemy, as Spring Hill plated three runs in the first two innings. As a result of three errors during the span, two of the three runs scored off starter Eran Franks were unearned.
However, Franks (4-4) kept the Warhawks in the contest despite the three early errors. The senior scattered just five hits in a complete-game effort, striking out four and walking just one to earn the victory.
AUM was finally able to get on the board in the sixth inning, as consecutive singles by Blake Bearden, Hayden Hillyer and Franks loaded the bases. Shane Turner delivered the key hit of the inning with a two-run double, pulling the Warhawks within one run, 3-2.
Behind a double by Chad Mansmann and a single by Wes Hughes, AUM was in business to score the tying run in the seventh inning off Badger reliever Keller Douglas. Bearden continued his strong series with a game-tying double, plating Mansmann with no one out. Franks, who sports a .414 batting average in 29 at-bats, gave the Warhawks their only lead of the game with a sacrifice fly two hitters later to score Hughes with the go-ahead run.
With the lead, Franks needed just 12 pitches to retire the Spring Hill side in order to secure the victory.
In game two, the Warhawks scored 11 times in the first two innings to gain complete control of the contest.
Chad Reeves and Nathan Taylor combined to allow just two hits in the shutout, while Bearden was a key offensively for the team, driving in a run and scoring three times. Bearden and Turner each had two hits, while Turner, Pooler and Wellman had two RBIs.
Reeves (4-2) tossed the opening 4 1/3 innings, before leaving with the big lead. Taylor’s only base runners came via walk, but neither proved harmful.
For the series, Bearden finished 8 of 13 at the plate, slugging .923, scoring four times and stealing two bases. Turner and Franks each hit .500, while Wellman drove in four runs.
The Warhawks will return to action on Wednesday, April 3, when they travel to Americus, Ga., to take on NCAA Division II Georgia Southwestern. The non-conference tilt is slated to begin at 5 p.m.
Source: AUM Sports Information Director