Trojans Spit Nonconference Twinbill with CokerFebruary 9, 2013
ANDERSON, S.C. – Anderson junior Josh Hickman recorded three hits, including a pair of doubles, and senior Tony Price drove in four runs, as the Trojans and Coker split a doubleheader in nonconference baseball action Saturday afternoon at Anderson Memorial Stadium.
Anderson (1-5) claimed its first win of the season in the opener, 3-1, behind solid pitching and a two-out rally in the third inning, while Coker (6-2) capitalized on six Trojan errors to earn the 8-6 win in the nightcap.
Anderson 3, Coker 1
Hickman was a perfect 3-for-3, with two doubles and also scored twice, while senior Erick Sanderson recorded two singles in three at-bats and also drove in a run.
Senior Keith Wolf was 2-for-2, with a double for the Cobras, while Zach Loraine added a pair of singles and reached base three times.
Sophomore JT Trujillo (1-0) tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed one unearned run, while scattering four hits. The right-hander struck out three and did not walk a batter. Junior Kyle Francis struck out one in two-thirds of an inning in relief, while sophomore Landon Beck notched his first save of the season by throwing a perfect seventh inning in relief.
Coker junior left-hander Hunter Ressler took the loss, surrendering three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, while striking out two and walking three Trojans.
The Trojans snapped a scoreless tie with a pair of two-out runs in the third inning, as freshman Chris Ayers led off by getting hit by a pitch. Two outs later, Hickman’s double to left plated Ayers and Sanderson notched the game-winning RBI by following with a single to left.
The Cobras responded with an unearned run in the fourth inning, but AU answered with an insurance run in the fifth frame – again with two outs. Hickman singled to right and scored on Price’s double to left.
Coker 8, Anderson 6
Sophomore Nathan Galliford was 2-for-4, including a double, scored a run and posted an RBI, while sophomore Ryan Mills notched two singles in four trips to the plate and drove in a run. Sanderson was 1-for-3, with a walk and Price drove in three first-inning runs.
Coker’s Hunter Loraine was 2-for-2, while recording two RBI and also scored twice. The right-handed hurler also earned the win in relief, surrendering one run off one hit in an inning of relief.
Francis absorbed the setback, tossing 1 2/3 innings in relief, while giving up an unearned run and striking out one.
The Trojans rallied from a late two-run deficit to force extra innings, but were unable to overcome six costly errors that led to six unearned runs by the Cobras.
After Coker opened the game with a two-run first inning, Anderson responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning on Price’s bases-loaded double three-run double to right-center.
The Cobras sandwiched a pair of runs in both the third inning and sixth around a solo run from the Trojans in the fourth and took a 6-4 edge into the bottom of the seventh inning. AU’s Stephen McKnight led off the rally with a double and Sanderson singled one out later, putting the tying run on base. McKnight scored and Sanderson moved into scoring position on a balk and Galliford’s two-out single up the middle plated Sanderson to knot the score at 6-6 and send the contest into extra innings.
Coker capitalized on a pair of Trojan defensive lapses in the eighth inning and AU was unable to answer in the bottom of the inning.
Anderson and Coker are slated to wrap up their three-game set with a single contest Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.