HARROGATE, TN -- The Lincoln Memorial University baseball team blasted six homeruns as they overpowered Hiwassee College in a doubleheader sweep at Lamar Hennon Field on Wednesday afternoon. The Railsplitters broke out and won in a runaway, 25-1, in the opener and grabbed a 13-4 victory in the nightcap. With the sweep, LMU improves to 17-21 on the season while the Tigers sink to 7-24.
Game One- Lincoln Memorial-25
The Railsplitters scored six in the first three innings and stormed away with a massive 14 run bulge in the bottom of the fourth as they cruised to a 25-1 victory.
LMU outhit the Tigers 18-4 in the contest and used four pitchers en route to the win. Chris McCarter (3-2) picked up the win on the mound after tossing three innings and allowing only three hits.Bryan Ebelink, Patrick Morris, and Joseph Horsley threw the final four innings and combined to limit Hiwassee to only one hit and a run.
Ten different players recorded an RBI for the Railsplitters, led by Carter Pack who notched five RBIs on three hits. Four of those RBIs came off of Pack's grand slam in the bottom of the fifth. Joseph Horsley pounded out three hits and three RBIs, falling a double short of recording a cycle for LMU. Kyle Asher, Cody Baker, Curt Fuqua, Andre Rodriguez and John Saylor all recorded two hits on the day, with Fuqua adding the third homerun in the victory for the Railsplitters.
LMU started quickly with four runs in the bottom of the first highlighted by RBI-singles from Cody Baker and Curt Fuqua. Three Tiger errors led to two more runs in that frame as the Railsplitters grabbed an early 4-0 advantage. Cody Baker added another run in the bottom of the second with an RBI ground out and Curt Fuqua pounded a solo blast to push the score to 6-0 after two innings.
After a scoreless third inning, Lincoln Memorial University put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fourth when they exploded for 14 runs on nine hits and a couple of errors. Joseph Horsley's three-run blast highlighted that frame and Kyle Asher notched a two-run single as the Railsplitters ran out to a commanding 20-0 lead.
The Tigers got their lone run of the game in the top of the fifth as a leadoff walk and a hit batter allowed Jerad Potter's ground out to score a run.
LMU added five more runs in the bottom of the fifth with the big swing coming off the bat of Carter Pack, who notched a grand slam to put the Railsplitters out to a 25-1 lead. LMU cruised down to the stretch to win easily in the opener.
Game Two- Lincoln Memorial-13
The Railsplitters pounded out ten hits and scored five runs in two different innings en route to a 13-4 victory over the Tigers in game two.
Justin King (4-2) picked up the win for the Railsplitters after allowing one hit in four innings and no runs. Nick Pressley, Andre Rodriguez and Neil Borden hit homeruns in the affair to lead the potent offensive attack on the day.
LMU got on the board quickly as Cody Baker sent Joseph Horsley home with a ground out and Andre Rodriguez pounded a solo blast in the bottom of the first as the Railsplitters assumed a 2-0 lead.
A scoreless second inning gave way to a five run bulge for the Railsplitters in the bottom of the third. Andre Rodriguez notched two more RBIs with a two-run single to highlight that frame as LMU took a 7-0 lead.
The Tigers picked up a run in the top of the fifth after taking advantage of they took advantage of two hit batsmen to leadoff the inning, eventually scoring on Ta-Li Martin's ground out into a double play.
The Railsplitters got that run back in the bottom of that frame with a leadoff homerun from Nick Pressley and Neil Borden followed with a two-run long ball two batters later en route to five run rally. With that inning, the Railsplitters established a 12-1 lead.
Hiwassee picked up three runs in the top of the sixth on four hits but it was not enough as the Railsplitters rolled to a 13-4 victory in the nightcap.
The Railsplitters will be back in action on March 30th as they host Brevard College for the first of three South Atlantic Conference contests scheduled for the weekend. Game one is set to kickoff at 4 p.m. at Lamar Hennon Field.
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