March 16, 2013

Braves Top Georgia Southwestern In Series Opener

AMERICUS, Ga. – Visiting and 25th-ranked UNCP scored nine runs and registered its 18th double-digit hitting attack of the season behind Ethan Carter's third complete game of the campaign en route to a 9-1 win in the opening game of a series-opening doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Hurricane Stadium.

The triumph marked the fifth win in the last six outings for UNCP (18-6, 7-6 PBC), as well as the seventh-straight win over the Hurricanes as well. The loss was the sixth in the last seven games for Georgia Southwestern (7-17, 2-10).

Jordan Edgerton homered and drove in four runs on a 4-for-5 hitting line for the Braves, who also got a 4-for-5 outing from Dalton Knight. Brett Huffman and Ben Schmucker each registered 2-for-5 performances for the visitors as well. Randall Sheffield singled twice on four trips to the plate to pace the Hurricanes.

Carter (7-0) struck out six and scattered seven hits across his second complete game in seven days and fell victim to just a lone unearned run in seventh en route to his Peach Belt Conference-leading seventh win of the season. Frank Ambrosino (0-4) was tagged with the loss for the hosts after yielding eight runs (six earned) on 12 hits and a walk in just 5-1/3 innings from the mound. He also struck out one.

Schmucker followed up an ill-timed fielding error by the hosts with a two-out double in the first to give UNCP the early advantage, but the Braves added two more scores in the second on consecutive RBI singles by Knight and Edgerton. UNCP extended its advantage out to 9-0 on Max Gagnon's RBI groundout in the seventh, before a fielding error with two outs helped the Hurricanes spoil the shutout in the bottom of the frame.

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