Six-run first paces Armstrong Atlantic
Pirates on 13-game winning streak after beating Concord, 7-5
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 22-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University baseball squad scored six runs in the first inning and held on for a 7-5 victory against Concord (W. Va.) on Sunday afternoon in 2011 Savannah Invitational action at Pirate Field.
With the win, the Pirates (14-2) stretch their current winning streak to 13, while Concord (4-6) saw its modest four-game win streak come to a close.
The Mountain Lions struck first in the contest, plating a single run in the top of the first inning as Jacob Mays led off with a walk, then scored on Kyle Webb's two-out double.
Armstrong responded by sending 10 men to the plate in a six-run first. Michael Price's RBI double scored Alex Frederick with the first run of the inning, then back-to-back-to-back two-out RBI singles from Mike Barnhill, Drew Walker and Chris Zittrouer followed by a wild pitch staked the Pirates to a 6-1 lead.
Concord added three runs in the third to close the gap to two on an RBI double by Josh Wenger, then RBI singles from Kyle Webb and Bret Blevins, but the Pirates got out of the jam as Tanner Jones' diving catch in right and throw to second base doubled off Webb.
The Mountain Lions made it a one-run game in the seventh on Keith Morrisroe's RBI double, but the Pirates added the run back in the bottom of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Walker.
Chandler Hall (4-0) made the two-run lead hold up, getting the Mountain Lions out in order in the eighth, then using a double-play ball to set down Concord in order in the ninth for his second complete game victory of the season. Hall gave up nine hits and five runs, walking three and striking out two for the victory.
Concord starter Justin Willard (1-3) did not make it out of the first inning, taking the loss after giving up four hits and six runs in 2/3 innings of work, walking two.
Walker had two hits and two RBIs on the day for the Pirates, while Michael Price, Tanner Jones and Clayton Miller also had two hits apiece.
Raphael Sanchez led the Mountain Lions at the plate with a 3-for-4 day, including two doubles, while Webb and Morrisroe each had two hits. Concord had five doubles in their nine hits.