ANDERSON, S.C. – A three-run second inning and a six-run seventh lifted the Anderson baseball team to a 9-7 win past Lincoln Memorial in the South Atlantic Conference opener for both teams Friday night at Anderson Memorial Stadium.
Anderson improved to 4-6 overall and 1-0 in the league with its third consecutive win. The Trojans have won four of their last five outings, while Lincoln Memorial (2-7, 0-1 SAC) has dropped four of its last five contests.
For the second consecutive game, AU pounded out six extra-base hits, including sophomore shortstop Brett Cash’s double. Cash also added a single in five trips to the plate and scored once, while eight Trojans recorded hits in the contest. Junior catcher Jonathan Zalud notched a two-run triple in the third inning, while junior Paul Como and senior Tony Price each recorded two-RBI doubles in the seventh inning. Erick Sanderson added a run-scoring double in the seventh and Nathan Galliford recorded a second-inning double.
Sophomore right-hander JT Trujillo (2-0) earned his second win of the young season after tossing seven full innings and giving up three runs (two earned) off seven hits, while striking out four Railsplitters and did not walk a batter. Sophomore Landon Beck earned his second save by pitching the ninth inning.
Senior Brandon Cowan (0-2) suffered the loss for LMU, surrendering seven runs off eight hits, while striking out seven Trojans and walking three.
The Trojans bats woke up in the second inning, as AU scored three unearned runs with one out in the bottom of the frame.
Lincoln Memorial chipped away and eventually knotted the score at 3-3 after scoring solo runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.
But AU answered by putting six runs on the scoreboard in the seventh inning to build a 9-3 cushion, and the Trojans would need nearly all the runs, as the Railplitters countered with four two-out runs in the top of the eighth to trim the Trojans’ lead to 9-7.
LMU managed to get the tying run to the plate twice in the final inning, but the Trojans recorded a double play to erase the first threat, and following a two-out walk by shortstop Curt Fuqua, second-baseman Andre Rodriguez bounced out to Price at second to end the game.
The Trojans and Railsplitters wrap up their three-game series with a doubleheader scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium.