THOMASVILLE, GA - The Knights' 17th-ranked baseball team opened the season with a convincing 25-6 win over the Thomas University NightHawks in game 1 of the doubleheader Saturday, January 26, then followed up with a come-from-behind 3-2 win in game 2.
Game 1 saw the Knights jump to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st on a triple by Blake Jackson after Zach Cornell reached on a 2-out error by the NightHawks. MJ Rookard singled to score Jackson for the 2-0 lead. Alex Snider got the opening day start for the Knights and gave up back-to-back singles to start off the game and allowing a single run in the bottom of the 1st for the 2-1 lead after one complete. The second inning would see the Knights send 19 batters to the plate to put up 15 runs on 11 hits. Tyler Flood opened the inning with a single and would single again as the 10th batter of the inning. Flood's first single was followed by singles from Robbie Hanlon, Trent Nash, Jacob Durant, and Cornell before Jackson hit a 3-run homerun. Rookard tripled behind Jackson and Guner Sellers reached on an error to score Rookard. The Knights had 10 straight batters reach base to start the inning with one by error and one by walk. After the first out, the next 6 batters reached base before the inning ended. Snider sat down the NightHawks 1-2-3 in the second and the Knights were back to work. The first 5 batters reached base safely including a 2-run double by Durant and RBI double by Jackson before a sac fly by Rookard scored the 4th run of the inning and a Sellers single gave the Knights 5 runs and a 22-1 lead after 3 innigs. Snider gave up a single but got a doubleplay and groundout to sit down the NightHawks and close his day. In the 4th, Cornell tripled but the Knights did not score and the NightHawks scored 2 runs on 2 hits but left the bases loaded facing Stetson Walker. The Knights went quietly in the 5th as well except for Sellers getting hit-by-pitch for the second time in the game. Drew Martens took over the bottom of the 5th for the Knights and struck out the side around a hit by pitch. The Knights put up 3 runs on 2 hits in the top of the 6th as Luke Parks got an RBI while reaching on an error, Nash scored on a double play ball by Jackson, and Bucky McGlamrey singled home Parks. Martens got 3 ground ball outs in the bottom of 6 to get to the 7th with a lead of 25-3 for the Knights. The Knights went quietly in the 7th but the NightHawks got to Martens scoring 3 runs on 2 hits and 1 error by the Knights as Kendall Marshall came in to get the final 2 outs. in the 25-6 win.
Game 2 had far less fireworks as the Knights did not score until the 5th inning and the NightHawks' only runs came in the 3rd. Jason Gifford got the start for the Knights and went 3.0 innings giving up 2 hits and 2 runs while striking out 3. Gifford shut down the NightHawks in the first 2 innings allowing just one runner on a walk but gave up a pair of hits and a pair of runs in the 3rd including a sacrifice fly before getting out of the inning. The Knights bats had cooled with just 2 hits through 4 innings but in the 5th, Hanlon led off with a walk followed by McGlamrey's single and an RBI double from Nash. A passed ball allowed McGlamrey to score from 3rd and Nash came home on a single by Durant to take the lead 3-2. Logan Carter entered the game in the 4th for the Knights and sat down the first 8 batters he faced. He gave up a single and a walk in the 6th but stranded both runners before sitting the NightHawks down 1-2-3 in the 7th to get the win, 3-2.
Nash, 4 for 10, 4 runs scored, 1 RBI, 2 doubles
Durant, 5 for 9, 3 runs scored, 5 RBI, double
Cornell, 2 for 6, 4 runs scored, 3 RBI, triple
Jackson, 3 for 10, 4 runs scored, 6 RBI, double, triple, home run
Rookard, 3 for 7, run scored, 4 RBI, triple
Sellers, 3 for 5, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, double, 2 HBP
Beasley, 1 for 4, RBI, double
Burgess, 1 for 3
Parks, 0 for 1, 2 runs scored, RBI
Flood, 2 for 6, 2 runs scored
Hanlon, 3 for 6, 5 runs scored, RBI, double
McGlamrey, 3 for 3, runs cored, RBI
The Knights face the NightHawks in game 3 of the series on Sunday, January 27 at 1pm in Thomasville, GA. Live video and stats are available at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/Thomas.