HARROGATE, TN -- Behind Olen Little's stellar effort on the mound and a trio of three-run innings, the Wingate University Bulldogs took a 9-2 decision over the Railsplitters in the final game of a South Atlantic Conference series at Lamar Hennon Field on Sunday afternoon.
With the loss, Lincoln Memorial University (8-13, 6-6 SAC) drops their second-consecutive South Atlantic Conference series, as Wingate (14-11, 8-4 SAC) rebounded from a 7-6 loss in 13 innings in the opener on Saturday to take the final two games to grab a 2-1 series edge.
The Railsplitters struggled at the dish through the first seven innings of play due to the effort on the mound of Wingate starter Olen Little, as he limited the damage to only five hits and no earned runs over seven innings of work to move to 5-1 on the season. Lincoln Memorial scored their only two runs of the ballgame off of reliever Grant McCoury, tagging the right-hander for four hits and two runs in the final two innings.
On the mound for the 'Splitters, Patrick Morris (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season after allowing 10 hits and six runs in 5.2 innings of work. Morris struck out four batters in the first two innings but surrendered a pair of three-run innings in his start en route to the loss.
Wingate broke open a scoreless contest in the top half of third, as Blake Prince and Eric Serra pounded solo home runs in that frame and Brian Yeung plated another run with an RBI double to propel the Bulldogs out to a 3-0 advantage. After going down quietly in the fourth and fifth innings, the Bulldogs notched three more runs in the visitor's half of the sixth, using RBI doubles by Brad Cherry and Blake Prince as well as an RBI single by Michael Godinez to assume a 6-0 advantage.
WU effectively put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh with another three-run outburst, fueled by an RBI double by Grant McCoury and a two-run blast off the bat of Josh Clark.
The Railsplitters' offense got kick-started in the eighth inning, as they rallied for two runs on three hits in that frame on an RBI double by Jacob West and a sacrifice fly out by Scott Miller. However, that would be all the offense the Railsplitters mustered, as they were dropped 9-2 in the series clincher.
Lincoln Memorial tallied nine hits in the game with four of those hits coming in the last two frames. Nick Pressley and Nick Morabito tallied a pair of multi-hit performances to headline that effort at the plate. The Bulldogs posted a 16-hit performance, spearheaded by three hits apiece from Eric Serra and Brian Yeung. Three other players notched two hits in the contest for the Bulldogs.
The Railsplitters are set to return to the field on Tuesday, March 12th, as they welcome Philadelphia University to Lamar Hennon Field for a two-game nonconference duel. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. in Harrogate, Tennessee.