Baseball Loses Opener at Elon
Shehan started the Eagles’ offense when he dropped a two-out double down the right field line during the first inning.
Elon came right back in its half of the frame, scoring three runs on four singles and a RBI groundout.
The Eagles exploded for four runs off Steven Hensley in the second inning. Brian Pierce (Roswell/Roswell) reached on a one-out error. Jeremy Beckham (Griffin/Griffin) singled then Ty Wright (Montrose/West Laurens) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. David Richardson (Dahlonega/Lumpkin County) worked the count full before drawing a RBI walk. Shehan lined a RBI single to left then Benedict ripped a 2-run double to the left field gap for a 5-3 lead.
Shehan hit his team-leading 11th home run, a solo shot with two down in the sixth to cut the deficit to one run.
Two errors in the seventh inning and a two-out hit by
GS threatened in the eighth. Beckham drew a leadoff walk then Shehan lined a two-out single to put runners on the corners. Benedict hit a shallow fly ball, and the shortstop Pritchard slipped and fell on the play. However, he made the catch lying on his back to end the inning.
Benedict and Parker added two hits apiece. Benedict also accounted for three RBI and Shehan drove in two runs.
Drew Murray (LaGrange/LaGrange) was charged for seven runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings. He walked three and struck out two, but lost for the first time this year (3-1).
The Eagles touched up Hensley for a season-high six runs. The junior, who boasted a 1.79 ERA entering the game, did enough to remain undefeated at 6-0. He walked one and struck out seven. The bullpen threw three scoreless innings. Thomas Girdwood picked up his seventh save. Harrilchak finished with four hits.
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- Category: Baseball
- Published on Friday, 04 April 2008 00:02