Day shuts down No. 24 Brewton-Parker as Shorter earns SSAC split
Mount Vernon, Ga. - Tim Day scattered four hits and struck out seven in a one-run, complete game effort to help Shorter College salvage a Saturday split with No. 24 Brewton-Parker College with an 8-1 victory in game two of their Southern States Athletic Conference doubleheader in Mount Vernon. The Hawks fell 11-1 to Brewton-Parker in game one.
Shorter (21-22, 7-8 SSAC) moved to within one game of .500 with its victory in the nightcap and hosts an important three-game set with league leading and No. 7-ranked Lee University on Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17. The Hawks are currently two games out of fifth and 2 ½ games out of fourth in the SSAC standings.
Day (6-2), Shorter's leader in both earned run average and strikeouts, did his part to keep the Hawks in contention for a spot in the SSAC's top half with another incredible effort against a ranked conference opponent.
Day had been named SSAC Pitcher of the Week following his complete game victory over fourth-ranked Southern Polytechnic State University back on March 27 and went above and beyond that performance on Saturday afternoon.
The Australia native surrendered just one run to a Barons squad that had produced 18 runs in the first two games of the series. After giving up a solo home run to Brewton-Parker's Todd Alls in the fourth, Day allowed one hit the rest of the way and was the beneficiary of a Hawks' offense that finally found its rhythm in the sixth and seventh.
Shorter's Matt Johnson, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI in game two, put the Hawks on the board instantly with an RBI double in the first. Shorter got another run in the second as Blake Chapman scored on a wild pitch from Barons' starter Delgis Soto, but following Alls' homer in the fourth, led by just one run, 2-1.
Adam Pilate came through in the sixth with an RBI double that gave the Hawks some breathing room at 3-1.
Shorter then exploded for five runs in the top of the seventh to put the game away. Johnson ripped an RBI triple that scored Kurtis Robinson and then came home on Shannon Houston's ensuing RBI double for a 5-1 lead. Ross Ballard and Adam Thurman hit RBI singles later in the inning and Chapman scored on an errant throw to second as Thurman stole second to account for the final margin.
Day gave up a single to Brewton-Parker's Josh Barrs to lead off the bottom of the seventh, but then sat the next three Barons down to secure the victory.
In the opener, Brewton-Parker plated nine runs over the third and fourth innings to break open a 1-1 game and cruise to a triumph.
Brewton-Parker starter Drew Parker went all five innings without allowing an earned run. He fanned four Hawks and held Shorter to five hits.
After Brewton-Parker took a 1-0 lead in the second, Shorter's Clint Harkins hit an RBI groundout to pull Shorter even at 1-1 in the third. But the Barons scored five in their half of the third and Robby Kuzdale hit a three-run homer in the fourth as the hosts took control.