By Karen Allen
ROME, Ga.—Shorter Baseball dropped both games of the doubleheader with Lincoln Memorial Tuesday afternoon; falling in the opener 10-2, and in the finale 7-4.
With the losses, the Hawks fall to 10-18 on the season; while Lincoln Memorial improves to 17-16 overall.
In Game 1, Lincoln Memorial put together a thirteen hit performance to earn the win over Shorter. In the second inning, they tallied three runs on four hits to make it a 3-0 game and added to their lead in the third when two runs scored on three hits.
The final blow came in the seventh as Lincoln Memorial tacked a five on the board for the final 10-2 score; with the bases loaded Josh Coker's grand slam sealed the deal for the visitors.
Shorter avoided the shutout with one run in both the second and third innings. In the second, the Hawks got on the board on an RBI ground out from Dustin Evans; in the third, on an RBI fly out from Walker Borneman.
Russell Crosby recorded the loss for Shorter; going 1.2 innings and allowing three runs on four hits. Dillon Swaggerty earned the win for the Railsplitters; giving up two runs on three hits over five innings.
In Game 2, Lincoln Memorial picked up where they left off; putting up four runs in the first. The Hawks scored two in the bottom of the inning to make it a 4-2 game; the first coming off an RBI single from Michael Miranda, and the second on an RBI fly out from Darrius Jennings.
Shorter moved to within one in the fourth; with one out Borneman singled, and came around to score on an RBI single from Jesse Gavigan. The Railsplitters added to their lead, however, with three in the fifth to make it a 7-3 game. The Hawks scored once more in the sixth when Borneman crossed the plate as the result of a passed ball.
Wes Todd received the win for Lincoln Memorial in the nightcap, pitching 5.0 innings, scattering six hits and giving up three runs. For the Hawks, Charles Thurman earned the loss, giving up four runs on four hits over 1.0 innings of work.
Borneman finished the day with three hits, two runs scored, one RBI. Coker had an eight RBI day for Lincoln Memorial, while recording three hits.
Shorter returns to Gulf South Conference play this weekend, March 29 & 30, as they host Christian Brothers. Friday will feature a doubleheader starting at 12pm; with Saturday's game beginning at 1pm.