April 2, 2008

Canes Cruise

The Georgia Southwestern baseball team defeated Thomas University 11-1 on Wednesday afternoon at Hurricane Field.

The ‘Canes scored a run in the first that was set up by a one-out Daniel Lynn triple. The visiting Night Hawks answered with their lone run in the top of the second. From there it was all GSW.

The Hurricanes brought 11 batters to the plate in the third inning and generated seven runs on three hits and a Thomas University error. Night Hawk starting pitcher Chris Poulos walked three consecutive batters after Daniel Stokes had reached on a throwing error to start the frame and Jordan Mullis doubled. Nick Rex proceeded to drive in one on a sacrifice fly. A Lynn single knocked in two more and Francisco Gomez cleared the bases with a triple. Gomez went on to score the last run of the third.

Any hope Thomas had to rally was snuffed in the fourth when Lynn made a remarkable defensive play in left field to rob Stephen Cheney of a two-run home run. Lynn timed his jump perfectly, reached over the fence and pulled Cheney's shot back into the field of play for the out.

GSW added two runs in the fourth. The ‘Canes final run in the sixth was brought in on a Cody Adams double.

Jody Sellars (1-1) earned the win going six innings while allowing the one run. He scattered five hits and struck out four. Tyler Smith pitched an inning of scoreless relief.

Lynn led the GSW offense with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate. He belted the triple, knocked in two and scored three runs. Gomez finished 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, two RBI and two runs scored. Mullis also had a two-hit night that included a double. He stole a base and scored a run.

With the win, GSW improves to 12-23. The Canes travel to UNC-Pembroke to take on the Braves in a Peach Belt Conference series starting Saturday at 1 p.m.

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