By Matt Green
ROME – Stuart Charleston tossed yet another complete game, this time scattering eight hits and fanning six over nine innings, as Shorter completed the weekend sweep of Gulf South Conference rival Union University with a 4-2 win on Sunday at the Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex.
The win, Shorter's third straight, improves the Hawks to 5-13 overall and 4-2 in the GSC. Union, which lost two one-run games to the Hawks on Saturday, falls to 3-12 overall and 0-6 in the league.
In Sunday's series finale, Shorter rallied from an early one-run deficit to down the Bulldogs.
Union pushed a run across in the top of the first courtesy of a Jim Martin RBI single, but was held in check by Charleston from that point until the eighth.
In the meantime, the Hawks tied the game in the second on Jacob Forrest's RBI single to left that plated Walker Borneman then took a 3-1 lead on Dustin Evans' two-out, two-run single in the fourth that scored Chad Ikerd and Borneman.
Darius Jennings extended Shorter's lead to 4-1 in the sixth with another two-out, RBI knock, this a single to center that brought Borneman across for the third time in the game.
Charleston gave up an RBI double in the eighth, but quickly snuffed out any threat by striking out Pierson Waring to end the inning. He worked a perfect ninth to earn his third win of the season, improving his record to 3-2.
Five different Hawks accounted for Shorter's five hits, with Borneman going 1-for-1 with two walks and the three runs scored. Cal Hardie went 1-for-4 with a stolen base for the Hawks. All five of Shorter's hits were singles.
The Hawks go back on the road this Tuesday, March 12, when they travel to Albany State for a non-league doubleheader beginning at 1 pm.