Braves Overcome Errors To Clinch Weekend Series With Anderson
PEMBROKE – Home-standing UNCP offset five errors with a career day from righthander Brad Isom and the Braves utilized four runs in each of the first and fourth innings to clinch their weekend series with Anderson on a 8-3 win over the Trojans on Sunday afternoon at Sammy Cox Field.
The Braves (2-0) got two hits from a trio of players, including Kyle Adair who drove in a pair of runs and scored once on a 2-for-4 plate performance. Keith Whitman doubled for the second-straight game to earmark a 2-for-3 hitting line with a run scored, while newcomer Brad Bridgeman singled, doubled and scored twice on a 2-for-5 day at the plate.
Anderson (1-2) got two hits apiece from Thomas Padro and Blake May, but were limited to just six hits in the outing, including just three knocks over the last four innings.
Isom (1-0) struck out a career-best eight batters and limited the visitors to just four hits and two unearned runs over seven innings of work to pick up his first career victory in his ninth collegiate appearance. Reliever Weston Sherrill struck out three and allowed two hits in the eighth and ninth innings, but was not awarded a decision.
Anderson starter Ben Roberts (0-1) was ransacked in his four innings from the hill as the southpaw allowed nine hits, three walks and eight runs (three earned) in picking up the loss. Three other pitchers for the visitors – Marsh Kowalski, Justin Templeton and Andrew Johnson – combined to no-hit the hosts the rest of the way out.
UNCP sent eight batters to plate in chalking up a four-run first inning, but the Trojans used three errors by the Braves to score two runs in the third and chop their deficit in half. UNCP would put the game away by sending 10 batters to the dish en route to tacking four more runs in the fourth, but the Trojans would score the final run of the game on a RBI single by Tony Price to provide the final.