By James Vallone
ROME -- The Hawks dropped the third game of a three game series to visiting Barry University from Miami Shores, Fla., 5-2, in a game called due to rain in the bottom of the sixth with the Hawks mounting a rally.
Shorter (0-7) fell behind when Luis Arrizurieta scored on an infield error to put the visiting Buccaneers up 1-0 in the first. The lead would be short lived as Jacob Forrest would drive in Jesse Gavigan on a sacrifice fly in the second – Gavigan had doubled to start the inning.
A three run third for Barry (6-0) would put the visiting team ahead for good, but only one of those runs was earned. The Hawks received a strong outing from Stuart Charleston on the mound as he pitched the complete game, giving up only three hits and the one earned run while striking out a pair.
Shorter would strike again in the bottom of the fourth when freshman Walker Borneman would launch a pitch over the left field fence for his first career homerun.
When the rain fall caused a delay in the action, the Hawks had runners on first and second with no outs.
Each team would commit three errors, with the Hawks outhitting the Buccaneers five to three, with Borneman adding two hits. Willie Lewis added another stolen base to his totals to start this season – he already has swiped four bases through seven games.
The Hawks will be back in action from the Ledbetter Complex on Tuesday when Tusculum visits Rome for a 1 pm first pitch.