By Karen Allen
Rome, Ga.—Baseball snaps its seven game losing streak with 6-2 win over No. 17 Alabama-Huntsville Friday afternoon.
The win improves the Hawks to 14-31 on the season, and 9-14 in conference play. The loss drops the Chargers to 32-12-1 overall, and 15-5-1 in the Gulf South.
Shorter got on the board in the first inning as two runs scored; the first on a fly out by Jesse Gavigan, and the second on an RBI single from Darrius Jennings. Alabama-Huntsville cut the lead in half on an RBI single from Chase Handley; the Hawks answered with one of their own in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from Dustin Hays to make it a 3-1.
In the seventh, Justin Riddle scored on a fielder's choice from Justin Pearson to bring the game to within one. Again, Shorter answered to maintain the advantage; scoring once as Michael Miranda delivered an RBI single. In the eighth, the Hawks added two runs, for the final 6-2 score, on a triple from Charlie Gillis and an RBI ground out from Hays.
David Summerall picked up the win for Shorter; pitching seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with five strikeouts and four walks. Andrew Busby was tagged with the loss for the Chargers; going 6.1 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, with four strikeouts and two walks.
Jennings finished the day with two hits and an RBI, Gillis added an RBI on two hits, and Hays recorded two hits and two RBI.
The Hawks will be back in action tomorrow morning, April 27, as they close out the series with Alabama-Huntsville. The doubleheader is set to begin at 10am.