February 3, 2009

Hurricanes drop 2 of 3 in season-opening series with Montevallo

Falcons score 6 runs in fifth and seventh innings

By Chris Whitaker, The Americus Times-Recorder

MONTEVALLO, Ala. - The Montevallo Falcons exploded for six runs in the fifth and seventh innings to go on for a 17-4 win against Georgia Southwestern on Monday, taking 2 of 3 games in the teams' opening series.

The Falcons (2-1) finished with 14 hits while the Hurricanes (1-2) made three errors.

Francisco Gomez was 3-for-4 with a double on the day. GSW scored all four of its runs in the second inning. Noble Coley's two-run single to left field put GSW ahead 2-0, Jared Allen stole home and Chris Lingham's single gave the Hurricanes a 4-0 lead.

Montevallo trailed 4-3 when it used three hits, two errors and three free passes (walk, two hit batters) to take a 9-4 lead in the fifth. Then in the seventh, the Falcons scored six on four hits, an error and two more hit batters.

Tyler Daniel (0-1) took the loss, pitching an inning and allowing three runs on three hits. The Hurricanes used five pitchers, with Andrew Whiggum starting and going three-plus innings.

The Hurricanes split Sunday's games, opening with a 5-3 loss before taking the second game 5-1.

Lingham and Shane Doyle each had two RBI in Game 2, with Doyle's coming on a double in a three-run second inning.

Lingham led four Hurricanes with multiple hits with three, and he stole five bases; he finished with seven in the series.

Zach Whitman (1-0) pitched six innings allowing one run on five hits to get the win.

Zack Stanton gave GSW a 1-0 lead in the first on a RBI-single to left. After Montevallo scored in the third to cut the deficit to 4-1, Lingham's second RBI pushed the lead back to four runs in the fourth.

In the first game, Cody Adams hit a two-run homer in the fifth to give GSW a 3-2 lead, but Montevallo responded with two runs in the bottom half behind two GSW errors and a Cory Luckie sacrifice.

GSW had four errors in the game.

R.M. Cozza (0-1) pitched five innings, allowing four runs - two earned - in taking the loss.

The Hurricanes will host a four-game series starting Friday against West Alabama.

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