Baseball Falls at LimestoneFebruary 20, 2013
GAFFNEY, S.C. – The Anderson University baseball team opened a six-game road swing with a 13-6 setback to Limestone in nonconference action Wednesday afternoon at Bob Prevatte Field.
Anderson fell to 4-9 with its third consecutive setback, while Limestone (7-3) won its seventh straight and claimed its second win of the season past the Trojans, after edging AU, 9-7, earlier this month at Memorial Stadium.
Junior shortstop Brett Cash stretched his hitting streak to five games by leading off the game with a single and was 3-for-4 on the afternoon with three singles and scored twice.
Sophomore Nathan Galliford posted two hits and a walk, while driving in a pair of runs with a third-inning double. Freshman Steven Cooper has hit safely in six straight games after going 2-for-5 on the day.
Freshman Stephen McKnight (1-2) absorbed the loss, surrendering seven earned runs on three hits in 2/3 of an inning and walking three Saints.
The Trojans struck early with a run in the top of the first inning, when Cash led off the game with a single. He moved into scoring position when Saints’ right-fielder Avi Ahlzadeh misplayed the ball and went to third on Steven Cooper’s groundout to first. Cash crossed the plate on Erick Sanderson’s two-out single to left field.
But the Saints capitalized on four hits and three walks to counter with seven runs in the bottom of the frame and added three more in the second inning to claim a 10-1 lead.
AU countered by scoring a pair of runs in the third on Galliford’s two-out double of the season down the left-field line – his fifth of the season – that plated Hickman and Sanderson, who had drawn walks.
Limestone pushed its lead to 11-3 in the bottom of the third before the Trojans scored twice in the fourth and once in the fifth to trim the deficit to 11-6. AU threatened again in the sixth, loading the bases with one out, but the Trojans were unable to capitalize.
The Saints added solo runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings to set the final margin.
Anderson will get back on the diamond for a South Atlantic Conference series this weekend at Tusculum. The opening contest of the three-game set is scheduled for Fiiday at 6 p.m. in Greeneville, Tenn.