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I found a bunch of baseball articles archived from my senior campaign at SCAD.  I wanted to put them somewhere before they get lost forever, even though it was the worst season of baseball I ever participated in.

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Savannah College of Art and Design baseball game at Southeastern (Fla.) College Friday (Jan. 30) evening at Henley Field has been suspended due to rain.

The Bees (0-1) were batting in the top of the seventh inning of the scoreless game when the rains came. SCAD starter Rich Fallat pitched no-hit ball through the first four innings. Fallat allowed a hit in the fifth, but the southpaw has allowed just two hits through six innings.

The game will resume at noon tomorrow (Jan. 31) before the teams conclude the three-game series with a doubleheader.

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The Savannah College of Art and Design baseball team picked up its first win of the 2004 season as they rallied from seven runs down to defeat Brewton-Parker College 11-9 Tuesday (Feb. 3) evening at Grayson Stadium.

The Bees improved to 1-2 while the Barons fell to 0-1. SCAD returns to action Saturday (Feb. 7) with a 2 p.m. home contest against Guilford College.

Brewton-Parker banged out nine hits over the first four innings to take a 7-0 lead before the Bees tied the game with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth.

SCAD sent 12 batters to the plate and collected seven hits in the inning. Steven Argo and Rich Fallat drove in runs with RBI singles, while Bo Noon added a sacrifice fly for the Bees. James O’Connell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded before SCAD tied the game at 7 on Andy Welsh‘s two-run single to right field.

Chris Tirro gave the Bees the lead for good at 8-7 with a solo home run to left field an inning later off Brewton-Parker reliever Zane Miller (0-1).

SCAD pushed across two more runs in the sixth to increase its lead to 10-7 on a RBI single by O’Connell and a fielder’s choice by Tony Ruggiero.

The Barons pushed across single runs in the seventh and eight innings to close to within a run at 10-9. However, Fallat (1-0), who pitched six innings in relief, helped his own cause as he drove in an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth with a double to the left-center field gap.

The two teams combined for 36 hits (SCAD 19, Brewton-Parker 17). Welsh and Sean Smith each collected four hits, while Argo, O’Connell, Fallat and Tirro tallied two hits each for SCAD. Welsh, O’Connell and Fallat also each drove in two runs for the Bees.

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Sophomore Ty Mankovitch and senior Chris Tirro each drove in three runs while senior pitcher Rich Fallattossed a complete game as the Savannah College of Art and Design baseball team defeated Guilford College 8-2 Sunday (Feb. 8) afternoon at Grayson Stadium.

The Bees improved to 2-3 and will next play Edward Waters College in a 7 p.m. contest Wednesday (Feb. 11) at Grayson Stadium. Guilford fell to 1-1.

The Bees took a 1-0 lead in the third inning off Guilford starter Oliver Beale (0-1). James O’Connell singled up the middle and moved to third base on Andy Welsh‘s single to right. The Bees scored their run on a double steal by Welsh and O’Connell.

SCAD, which belted five Guilford pitchers for 13 hits, took a 3-0 lead with two runs in the fourth, courtesy of Tirro’s single back up the middle that scored Sean Barber and Mankovitch. Barber led the Bees with three hits.

The only spot of trouble for Fallat came in the fifth inning when the Quakers put together a two-out rally. A.J. McCauley was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a base hit by Jeff Arzonico. Both scored on Brian Slate?s double to right field.

The Bees broke the game open with a four-run seventh to take a 7-2 lead. Mankovitch had the big hit of the inning with a bases-clearing triple to left-center field off Guilford reliever Matt Spoerlein. Tirro drove in the other run for SCAD with a sacrifice fly.

SCAD added an insurance run in the eighth with a sacrifice fly by Tony Ruggiero.

Fallat (2-0) scattered seven hits and struck out eight for the Bees.

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MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – The Savannah College of Art and Design baseball team dropped two games at the Brewton-Parker College Invitational Friday (Feb. 13).

The Bees fell to 3-5 with their losses to Shorter College (10-0) and to Brewton-Parker (11-1). Both games were called after five innings due to the 10-run rule. The two games that the Bees were scheduled to play Saturday (Feb.14) were cancelled due to rain. SCAD returns to action next Saturday (Feb. 21) at Grayson Stadium with a 5 p.m. doubleheader against Wabash College.

Four different players – Brad Dobbs, David Porter, Billy Jack McBrayer and Brad Smith – drove in two runs each for Shorter against SCAD starter Rich Fallat (2-1). Ty Mankovitch had two hits for the Bees. Porter and Smith each hit home runs for the Hawks.

Brewton-Parker scored in every inning against SCAD starter Kevin McKesson (0-2). Dax Mezo led the Barons as he drove in three runs, while Jason Halstead, Jonathan Davis, and Justin Dover each drove in two.

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The Savannah College of Art and Design baseball team rallied for three runs in the fifth inning to pull out a 4-2 decision in the second game to earn a split of its doubleheader with Wabash College Saturday (Feb. 21) afternoon at Grayson Stadium.

The Little Giants, who are 1-1, won the opener 7-6. SCAD improved to 4-6 and will return to action with a 1 p.m. game Sunday (Feb. 22) against Capital University.

In the nightcap, Wabash took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Jared Bogan and a sacrifice fly from Mike Mack.

SCAD scored an unearned run off Wabash starter Bill Goff (0-1) in the bottom half of the inning. James O’Connell, who went 2-for-3, started the two-rally with a single to right field. O’Connell moved to second on a Wabash error and to third on a Goff balk. O’Connell then stole home to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Bo Noon started the fifth inning rally with a two-out walk. After Noon stole second base, Chris Tirro drove him home with a single to center to tie the game at 2. Tirro followed with his own stolen base. After Jarrod Norrell reached on a walk, both runners moved up a base on a passed ball. Sean Smith drove them both home to give the Bees a 4-2 lead with his triple to right field.

SCAD starter Kevin McKesson (1-2) picked up the complete-game victory as he scattered five hits over seven innings.

In the opener, the Little Giants took advantage of two SCAD errors to break the game open with four runs – three unearned – in the sixth inning off SCAD starter Rich Fallat (2-2). Goff started the rally with a solo homer to left field. Justin VanderIest added a two-run double and Tyler Nance added a sacrifice fly to take a 7-2 lead.

SCAD, which pounded out 12 hits in the opener, scored twice in both the sixth and seventh innings to pull within a run at 7-6. Steven Argo drove in the runs in the sixth with a single while Tirro drove in a run in the seventh with his third double of the game. Norrell drove in the other SCAD run on a single.

John Thiry (1-0) picked up the win for the Little Giants while Taylor Bucks earned a save with 1 2/3 innings of relief.

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The Savannah College of Art and Design baseball team picked up its third consecutive victory as they scored eight runs in the first inning on its way to an 11-8 decision over Capital University Monday (Feb. 23) evening at Grayson Stadium.

The Bees improved to 6-6 while the Crusaders fell to 1-2. SCAD returns to action Thursday (Feb. 26) with a 7 p.m. game against Flagler College at Grayson Stadium.

SCAD sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning and the first nine reached base safely off Capital starter Bryan White (0-1). The Bees took advantage of three errors and wildness by White as he issued five walks.

Andy Welsh and Scott Frederick each drove in a run with a hit in the decisive inning while Chris Tirro drove in another with a sacrifice fly. Bo Noon and Jarrod Norrell each drove in runs with bases-loaded walks.

Capital closed the margin to 8-2 in the third on Jake Butler’s two-run homer just inside the right field fair pole. The Bees got those runs back in the fourth before the Crusaders added three in the sixth to close the gap to 10-5. John Elliott drove in one run on a sacrifice fly while Will Rutherford and T.J. Brown collected RBI singles.

SCAD added a run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Welsh before the Crusaders got a run in the eighth and two more in the ninth to get within three runs at 11-8. The Crusaders had the tying run at the plate in the ninth, but SCAD reliever Rich Fallat picked up his first save as he got Stuart Zainea to fly out to end the game.

Matt Courtright (1-0) picked up the win as he pitched 4 2/3 innings in relief for the Bees.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – James O’Connell and Andy Welsheach drove in two runs as the Savannah College of Art and Design baseball team won the nightcap 7-1 to earn a split of its doubleheader against Huntingdon College Saturday (Feb. 28) afternoon.

SCAD improved to 7-7, while the Hawks, which won the opener 4-0, improved to 3-5. The two teams will complete the three-game series with a 1 p.m. game Sunday (Feb. 29).

The Bees banged out 12 hits in the second game as eight different batters collected a hit. Chris Tirro, Steven Argo, O’Connell, and Welsh each had two hits. Kevin McKesson (2-2) pitched a complete game for SCAD.

In the opener, David Hill tossed a two-hit complete game shutout for the Hawks. Grant Saltz hit a three-run homer off Rich Fallat (2-3) in the third inning for Huntingdon.

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Justin Smith pitched a four-hitter for the Huntingdon College baseball team Sunday (March 7) afternoon as the Hawks defeated the Savannah College of Art and Design 16-1 at Grayson Stadium.

The Hawks improved to 6-7, while the Bees fell to 9-10. SCAD returns to action Saturday (March 13) when they travel to Atlanta, Ga., for a 1 p.m. game against Emory University.

Joey Holcomb’s solo home run off SCAD starter Rich Fallat (2-4) in the third gave Huntingdon a 3-0 lead.

The Hawks broke open the game with six runs on four hits, two hit batters and a catcher’s interference in the fifth inning. Huntingdon, which had 14 hits, added five more runs in the seventh added back-to-back home runs in the eighth by Brandon Harris and Blake Toole to take a 16-0 lead.

Smith surrender just four hits in eight innings to pick up the win for the Hawks.

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ATLANTA, GA. – Emory University collected 17 hits as the Eagles kept its unbeaten record intact as they defeated the Savannah College of Art and Design baseball team 10-5 Sunday (March 14) afternoon at Chappell Park.

The Eagles, who are ranked No. 12 in the latest NCAA Division III/Collegiate Baseball Top 25 poll, remained undefeated in 19 games, while the Bees fell to 9-12. SCAD returns to action with a 2 p.m. contest in Fayetteville, N.C., against Methodist College Tuesday (March 16).

Six players had multi-hit games for the Eagles. Andrew Pinckney had three hits, including two doubles, while Aaron Rosdal, Josh Barrett, Adam Schorr, Bryan Langbord and Rob Seager all had two hits a piece. Pinckney’s three RBI also led the team.

Daniel Kaufman (3-0) gave up one run in seven innings for the win, while Rich Fallat (2-5) gave up five runs on eight hits and six walks in four innings for the Bees.

Chris Tirro gave SCAD a 1-0 lead in the second on his RBI double, but the Eagles responded with 10 unanswered runs over the next five innings to take a 10-1 lead.

Steven Argo was the lone SCAD batter with more that one hit as he went 2-for-4. Tony Ruggiero homered in the ninth inning for his first home run of the season.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Methodist College swept a baseball doubleheader from the Savannah College of Art and Design in its final at bat Wednesday (March 17) at Shelley Field. The Monarchs won the first game 2-1 in 13 innings and the nightcap 7-6.

The Monarchs won their fifth consecutive game and improved to 13-6. SCAD dropped its fifth consecutive game and fell to 9-14. SCAD returns to action Saturday (March 20) with a split doubleheader at Grayson Stadium. The Bees face Manchester College at 3 p.m. followed by a 6 p.m. contest against LaGrange College.

In the opener, the Monarchs scored the winning run without the benefit of a hit in the 13th inning. Ben Kaplan started rally with a walk off SCAD reliever Steven Argo (1-1) and moved to second after Matt Hunt was hit by a pitch. After Tyler King replaced Argo on the mound, Jonathan Spivey followed with a sacrifice bunt that King fielded and threw away that allowed Kaplan to score.

SCAD had tied the game at 2 in the seventh on Tony Ruggiero‘s RBI single to center. Ruggiero went 2-for-5, while Sean Smith went 3-for-6 and James O’Connell went 2-for-5.

Casey Varnell (2-2) pitched four innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win.

In the nightcap, the Bees jumped out to a 6-2 lead only to see the Monarchs scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh on just one hit. SCAD relievers walked five batters, hit another, and were guilty of a passed ball and balk in the seventh. The lone hit – a two-out double to left-center field Kevin Wallace off Rich Fallat (2-6) – was the game-winning hit for Methodist.

O’Connell drove home a run in the first on a double and Andy Welsh added an RBI on a groundout to give the Bees a 2-0 lead. After Methodist, which only had four hits in the second game, tied the game at 2 in the third, SCAD retook the lead with two runs in the fourth. Smith, who went 2-for-3, drove in a run with his single to right and O’Connell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

The Bees added two more insurance runs in the fifth. Chris Tirro‘s infield single and Smith’s bases-loaded walk drove in the runs for SCAD.

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The Savannah College of Art and Design baseball team dropped a split doubleheader at Grayson Stadium Saturday (March 20) afternoon. The Bees lost 8-7 to Manchester College in the opener before falling 5-0 in the nightcap to LaGrange College.

The Bees dropped their seventh consecutive game – including four by one run – to fall to 9-16. Manchester improved to 7-0, while LaGrange improved to 10-9. All three teams return to action Sunday (March 21). LaGrange will face Manchester in a 1 p.m. game, while SCAD will face Manchester at 4 p.m.

SCAD took a 1-0 lead against Manchester on Chris Tirro‘s RBI single in the first before Manchester scored three times each in the second and third innings to take a 6-1 lead.

The Bees took advantage of Manchester’s wildness in the third as they sent 12 batters to plate and scored six times on just three hits as Manchester pitchers walked four and hit another. Tirro, Ty Mankovitch, Josh Eastwood, and Bo Noon each drove in runs for SCAD in the third. SCAD tied the game at 6 on a passed ball and took the lead on throwing error by Manchester second baseman Ryan Seal.

Manchester tied the game at 7 in the fourth on a RBI groundout by Ryan Carr and took the lead for good on Josh Brock’s leadoff homer an inning later off SCAD reliever Craig Chaffee (1-2).

James O’Connell led the Bees with three hits, while Scott Frederick and Sean Smith each had two. Eric Screeton, Jared Kurtz, Carr, and Brock each had two hits for Manchester.

LaGrange starter Patrick McCarthy improved to 5-0 as he tossed a four-hit complete game effort. McCarthy, who prepped at Benedictine Military in Savannah, struck out four and walked just one. Offensively for the Panthers, five different batters drove in runs against SCAD. Rod Durden had three of LaGrange’s 12 hits, while Bo Bray, Nick Nelson, David Lockman each added two. Steven Argo had two of the four hits for SCAD.

Rich Fallat fell to 2-7 as he allowed three earned runs in seven innings.

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Taylor University scored six runs over the final three innings as they defeated the Savannah College of Art and Design baseball team 7-2 Friday (March 26) afternoon at Grayson Stadium.

The Trojans improved to 3-13 while the Bees fell to 12-17 and saw their three-game win streak end. The two teams conclude their four-game series with a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday (March 27).

With the score tied at 1, Taylor took advantage of a SCAD throwing error by second baseman Steven Argo to score three runs – two of them unearned – in the top of the seventh. Argo’s miscue came as he was trying to start an inning-ending double play, but his throw was off the mark. With the bases loaded, Jeff Strickland, who went 2-for-3, drove home two runs to give the Trojans a 3-1 lead on his double to right-center field. Pat Burke drove another run home on his suicide squeeze bunt.

The Bees got a run back in the bottom of the seventh on Bo Noon‘s sacrifice fly, but the Trojans scored twice in the eighth on Kenny Miller’s single up the middle. Taylor added an insurance run in the ninth on Dustin Miller’s sacrifice fly.

Matt Alspaugh led the Trojans with three hits while Sean Smith and Chris Tirro each collected two hits for the Bees.

Matt Wiseman scattered six hits to earn the complete-game victory while Rich Fallat (2-8) allowed nine hits as he went the distance for SCAD.

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TAMPA, Fla. – Williams College rallied for five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on its way to a 9-8 decision in 11 innings over the Savannah College of Art and Design baseball team Friday (April 2) afternoon at Jack Russell Stadium.

SCAD dropped its fifth consecutive game and fell to 12-21. The two teams continue their weekend series with a 2:30 p.m. contest Saturday (April 3).

The Ephs rallied with five runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 6 and send the game into extra innings.

SCAD retook the lead at 8-6 in the top of the 11th with two runs on RBI singles by Jarrod Norrell, who went 3-for-4, and Sean Barber.

The Ephs came right back in the bottom half of the inning off reliever Rich Fallat (2-9). Matt Dahlman led off with a walk and scored on a double by Scott Johnson, who went 3-for-6. Williams tied the game at 8 on Tim Burbidge’s single. Burbidge, who went 2-for-6, moved to second base when SCAD centerfielder Sean Smith committed an error on the play.

Paul Morgan sacrificed the runner to third before the Bees intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases. Jabe Bergeron drove home the winning run with a ground out.

Chris Tirro, Scott Frederick, Bo Noon and Josh Eastwood each collected two hits for the Bees. Eastwood and Barber also drove in two runs for SCAD.

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MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – Jonathan Davis’ sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Brewton-Parker College a 7-6 victory over the Savannah College of Art and Design baseball team Tuesday (April 6) evening.

The Barons improved to 23-14 while the Bees fell to 13-23. SCAD returns to action Friday (April 9) with a 4 p.m. doubleheader at Thomas (Ga.) University in Thomasville, Ga.

Randy Jo Griffin started the rally for Brewton-Parker by reaching on an error by SCAD third baseman Bo Noon. After a walk and stolen base moved Griffin to third base, Davis drove in the winning run.

Chris Tirro, who went 1-for-4, gave the Bees a 2-0 lead with his two-run homer in the first. James O’Connell, who went 2-for-4, tied the game at 6 for the Bees with his run-scoring single in the seventh.

Andrew Gernatt pitched the final 3 1/3 innings in relief to pick up the win for the Barons while Rich Fallat (2-10) took the loss the Bees despite pitching a complete game.

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Flagler College hit four home runs Monday (April 12) evening to defeat the Savannah College of Art and Design 12-2 in seven innings at Flagler College Baseball Stadium.

SCAD fell to 14-26. The Bees return to action with a 7 p.m. contest Wednesday (April 14) in Jacksonville, Fla., against Edward Waters College.

Mike Cahill hit a solo home run – his first of the season – in the fourth for SCAD. The other run for the Bees came in the third when Sean Barber‘s single drove in Jarrod Norrell, who had started the inning with a single.

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Emory University scored two runs in the seventh inning and held off the Savannah College of Art and Design baseball team in the bottom of the ninth for a 7-6 decision Sunday (April 18) afternoon at Grayson Stadium.

The Eagles, who are ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division III, won their second consecutive one-run game over the Bees to improve to 37-3. SCAD, which lost three of the four games to Emory this season by one run, fell to 15-28. SCAD, which is 1-10 in one-run games, returns to action Saturday (April 24) with a 10:30 a.m. contest against Piedmont College at Grayson Stadium.

After the Bees tied the game at 5 in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI single by Chris Tirro, Emory retook the lead in the seventh. Josh Barrett, who went 3-for-5, started the inning with a double to left-center field off SCAD starter Rich Fallat (2-12). Barrett advanced to third on a wild pitch by reliever Craig Chaffee and scored on a ground out by Andrew Pinckney. The Eagles took a 7-5 lead on a RBI double just inside the left field line from Rob Segear.

The Bees, who stranded 16 base runners, had opportunities to score in the seventh and eighth innings, but left the bases loaded in each inning. SCAD mounted another rally in the ninth as Sean Smith started the inning by being hit by a pitch by Emory reliever Keith Meizler, who picked up his eighth save. Smith moved over to third on a single up the middle by Sean Barber and scored when James O’Connell, who was 7-for-12 in the two-game series, hit into a double play. Meizler escaped further damage when he got Chris Tirro to popup to end the game.

Daniel Kaufman (4-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win.

SCAD, which outhit the Eagles again for a second day (14-9), was led by Tirro, who went 4-for-6 with a double and a RBI. Scott Frederick, Steven Argo and O’Connell each had two hits for the Bees, while senior Jarrod Norrell hit his first career home run – a leadoff homer in the fourth – for the Bees.

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Five pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the Savannah College of Art and Design defeated Piedmont College 3-1 Saturday (April 24) morning at Grayson Stadium.

The Bees improved to 16-28 while the Lions fell to 14-23. The two teams wrap up their three-game series with a noon doubleheader Sunday (April 25) at Chain Field.

Piedmont took a 1-0 lead in the first as Brandon Schmitt led off the game with a single off starter Tyler King and stole second base. Schmitt moved to third on a failed pickoff attempt by King. Schmitt scored as part of a double steal in the inning.

After Schmitt’s hit, King and relievers Matt Courtright and Rich Fallat (3-12) set down 15 of the next 17 batters and shut the Lions down until Trey Fowler led off the seventh with a single off Craig Chaffee. Only four batters for Piedmont got to second base the entire game against the Bees.

The Bees weren’t hitting themselves as SCAD only had two hits through the first five innings off Piedmont starter Billy Secor. The Bees finally got to Secor in the sixth. Bo Noon led off with a single to center and moved to second on a stolen base. An infield single by Jarrod Norrell moved Noon to third. SCAD tied the game at 1 on Sean Smith‘s squeeze bunt single. Chris Tirro gave the Bees the lead for good at 2-1 on his RBI ground out that scored Norrell.

The Bees added an insurance run in the seventh to take a 3-1 lead. Scott Frederick, who went 2-for-4, led off with a single and went to second on a wild pitch. Frederick advanced to third on a bunt single down the third base line by Steven Argo and scored on a Tony Ruggiero‘s sacrifice bunt.

Josh Eastwood earned his third save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

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The Savannah College of Art and Design baseball team ended the 2004 season with a doubleheader sweep of Faulkner University Friday (May 7) afternoon at Chain Field. The Bees won the opener 2-1 before defeating the Eagles 1-0 in the nightcap.

The Bees, who were 1-12 in one-run games entering the doubleheader, ended the season at 19-31. The Eagles, who are ranked No. 18 in the latest NAIA Top 25 Ratings, were shutout for the first time all season and fell to 42-20. The sweep of a doubleheader was the first for the Bees this season.

The Bees scored twice in the second inning off Faulkner starter Billy Mitchum (9-2) and made it stick in the opener. Josh Eastwood led off with a double to center field and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Bo Noon. Sean Smith, who went 2-for-3, singled to center to score Eastwood. Smith stole second and then scored on a single through the right side by Sean Barber, who went 2-for-4.

Faulkner scratched across a run in the fifth off SCAD starter Rich Fallat (4-13) when Kris Price singled through the left side to score Ryan Huff, who had reached on an infield single. It was the only inning that a runner got past second base against Fallat, who scattered six hits and struck out five.

Senior Jarrod Norrell went 2-for-3 in the opener for SCAD, while Jamie Whaley went 2-for-3 for Faulkner.

SCAD scored its only run in the second game in the third inning when senior Chris Tirro, who went 2-for-2, connected on a single to center field off Faulkner starter Adam Moore (5-3).

That was more than enough for SCAD freshman pitcher Matt Courtright (4-3), who threw just 60 pitches against the Eagles, who entered the doubleheader hitting .346 as a team. Courtright scattered five hits and only allowed three runners past first base. It was Courtright’s first career shutout and the second of the season recorded by the Bees.

 

 

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