Trojans Rally to Top ErskineFebruary 27, 2013
DUE WEST, S.C. – Senior Erick Sanderson went 3-for-4 on the afternoon and catcher Jonathan Zalud scored what proved to be the winning run on Paul Liggett’s fly out in the fifth inning as the Anderson baseball team wrapped up its five-game road swing by topping Erskine, 4-3, in nonconference action Wednesday afternoon at Grier Field.
Anderson (5-12) halted a six-game skid and avenged an earlier 8-3 setback at the hands of the Flying Fleet, while also snapping a four-game losing streak at the hands of the Fleet. Erskine fell to 10-4 and has dropped two of its last three decisions.
Sanderson, the designated hitter, ripped a pair of doubles and a single, while also crossing the plate once. Junior Shawn Delmontagne was 2-for-4, including a double and scored once.
Erskine grabbed an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning on Drew Willingham’s two-RBI triple with one out. Anderson answered with a solo run in the top of the second inning when Sanderson led off the inning with a double and scored when Nathan Galliford singled.
The Fleet added a run in the third to take a 3-1 edge, but the Trojans’ Steven Cooper led off the fourth by blasting his first home run of the season to pull AU within 3-2 and the Trojans posted a pair of runs in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. Delmontagne led off the inning with a single and moved into scoring position when Zalud followed with a single. Freshman Chris Ayers singled to load the bases with no outs and Delmontagne scored when Josh Hickman bounced out to short. Zalud scored the game-winner on Liggett’s fly to center.
Sanderson led off the sixth with his second double of the afternoon and moved to third on Galliford’s grounder to second, but the Trojans were unable to build on their lead.
A trio of AU hurlers allowed just three Fleet baserunners over the final four innings, as junior Thomas Goodman (1-1) tossed seven complete innings, while surrendering three runs off seven hits. The right-hander struck out four and walked three. Kyle Francis threw one inning of relief and surrendered just one hit, while Landon Beck earned his third save of the season by going the ninth inning and giving up just one hit, as well.
Anderson begins a four-game homestand by playing host to Catawba this weekend. The Trojans and Indians will get the three-game South Atlantic Conference series underway on Friday with first-pitch at Memorial Stadium slated for 6 p.m.