Defending champ wins opener in 12
Vance’s bases-loaded single paces Eagles to victory
Armstrong Atlantic State Athletics
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Defending Division II national champion Southern Indiana scored twice in the top of the 12th inning to edge host Armstrong Atlantic State 6-4 on Friday afternoon at Pirate Field.
The top-ranked Screaming Eagles (1-0) played the first run of the contest as Adam Enright drilled a two-out single, scoring Michael Huling in the top of the first. Armstrong (1-2) answered in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Josh Purvis, tying the score at 1-1.
The Pirates' Drew Walker gave Armstrong its first lead of the game with a solo home run off Southern Indiana starter Trevor Leach in the second inning. An RBI fielder's choice by Lawrence Jackson in the fourth put the Pirates up 3-1.
Southern Indiana reclaimed the lead in the sixth with a three-run rally, capped by a two-run double by Jarrod Rose that made the score 4-3. Armstrong's Michael Price tied the game on an RBI infield single in the seventh, eventually sending the game to extra innings.
In the top of the 12th, Brad Vance would drive in a pair with a bases-loaded single to left, then Tyler Choate (1-0) put down the Pirates in the bottom of the 12th to claim the win. Choate hurled six innings of six-hit, one-run ball, walking two and striking out six in relief to pick up the victory for the Screaming Eagles.
Armstrong reliever Trent Landa (0-1) gave up four hits and two runs in 2 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out two to take the loss for the Pirates.
Vance went 3 for 6 with the two RBIs to lead the Screaming Eagles at the plate as Huling, Justin Blinn and Enright all had two hits apiece.
Walker, Josh Heath, Chris Zittrouer and Purvis each collected two hits for the Pirates.