Whitman throws shutout, 'Canes split doubleheader
By Chris Whitaker, The Americus Times-Recorder
COLUMBUS - Georgia Southwestern avoided a series sweep to the hands of Columbus State by winning the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, 5-0.
The Hurricanes lost a 8-7 heartbreaker in 10 innings Friday night, and they lost Saturday's first game by a 10-4 score.
Zach Whitman pitched a complete game shutout in Game 2 Saturday, scattering six hits while striking out nine and walking two.
Zack Stanton and Daniel Lynn led the Hurricanes' offense going 3-for-4, and Lynn and Trey Reeves each had two RBI in the win. Stanton had a triple, and Noble Coley homered to lead off the fifth inning.
In Saturday's first game, the Cougars (27-21, 12-14 PBC) broke open a 2-2 tie in the seventh with six runs. Tyler Baughman led off the frame with a solo home run, Alex Montes had his school-record ninth-straight hit, and Chris Martin belted a three-run home run.
Montes finished 5-for-5 including a triple, Martin was 2-for-5 with four RBI and two home runs, and two others had two hits for CSU.
Bud Long led GSW (18-33, 8-19) by going 3-for-5 with a double; Kevin Carroll added two hits.
Andrew Whiggum pitched 6.1 innings, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in taking the loss.
The Hurricanes rallied on three occasions Friday night to tie the game, including the ninth when Long scored on a wild pitch.
But CSU pinch-hitter Ryan Lewis hit the walk-off in the 10th for an 8-7 win.
GSW only had six hits, led by Long's 3-for-4 night and four RBI. Montes was 5-for-5, Martin was 3-for-3 with three RBI, and two others had two hits for the Cougars.
R.M. Cozza pitched eight innings, and Tyler Daniel (0-2) pitched one-plus in suffering the loss.
GSW will finish the regular season on Monday at home when Albany State pays a visit. First pitch is 5 p.m.