Trojans Drop SAC Opener to Mars Hill, 8-1February 7, 2014
MARS HILL, N.C. – After allowing six runs through three innings of play, Anderson University was unable to stir a comeback, falling to Mars Hill 8-1 Friday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference action at Henderson Field.
The setback drops the Trojans to 0-5 on the young season, as the Lions claim their first win of the 2014 campaign and improve to 1-4.
AU posted seven hits for the game, as sophomore second baseman Kyle Bailey went 2-for-4 on the afternoon and crossed the plate for Anderson’s lone run. Also posting two hits for the game was senior outfielder Paul Como, finishing 2-for-3 with a double.
The middle of the order for Mars Hill did most of its damage as Tommy Scala, who batted third, was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, leading the home side in hits for the day. Designated hitter and batting in the clean-up spot, David King, went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Dalton Eisenbath, who was slotted fifth in order, tallied a 2-for-2 performance with two runs and two RBI.
MHU starter, Caleb Edwards, tossed seven innings, giving up seven hits and striking out five Trojan batters. Edwards’ counterpart, junior Spencer Earle, went four complete and struck out three Lions.
Mars Hill scored two runs in the bottom half of the second inning when King struck out, but a defensive miscue allowed King to advance to second. King would eventually score on a double by Adam Daniel for the game’s first run. Later in the inning, Eisenbath would score on a sacrifice fly by Andy Runion, who also finished with two hits for the afternoon.
The Lions grabbed more runs in the third inning after Bailey scored in the top-half. Scala, King and Eisenbath posted three straight hits, capped off by an RBI triple by Eisenbath for MHU’s first triple by any player this season.
The home side would eventually add a run in the fifth and seventh innings to earn the six-run victory. For MHU, the win marked its first over Anderson since the 2012 season, as AU swept the series at Anderson Memorial Stadium a season ago. In the all-time series, the Lions evened up the series record at 5-5 dating back to AU’s first season in the SAC in 2011.
The Trojans look to bounce back on Saturday as the teams complete the three-game set with a doubleheader. First pitch of the day’s opening game is set for noon.