February 9, 2014

West Alabama Completes Sweep

LIVINGSTON, Ala. - The Georgia Southwestern baseball team scored a run in the first inning, but was held scoreless the rest of the way as the University of West Alabama handed the Hurricanes a 6-1 loss on Sunday afternoon to complete a three-game weekend series sweep.

The Hurricanes fell to 2-4 this spring while West Alabama improved its record to 6-1.

Stephen Eldridge put GSW ahead early when he drove in Les Cromer with an RBI single to left center in the Hurricanes first at bat.

Southwestern had an opportunity to extend its lead in the third after Evan Alderman doubled to open the frame and the following batter, Josh Sanders, was hit by a pitch. Cromer moved both men over with a sacrifice bunt, but both were left stranded after the next two batters went down on strikes.

UWA proceeded to tie the game with a run in the bottom half of the third inning and take the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth.

The Tigers added their final three runs in the eighth.

Matthew Suggs (0-2) took the loss for the Hurrianes after pitching five innings and allowing three runs on only four hits. He walked four and struck out six. Zach Smith tossed two innings of relief before Justin Barnes threw a scoreless eighth.

UWA starter Fernando Gonzalez (1-0) threw six innings of two-hit ball. He was charged with one unearned run. Logan Colvin and Matt Betts teammed for the final three scoreless innings.

The Tigers' had four players finish with two hits apiece.

Southwestern returns for its home opener on Wednesday at 5 p.m. against Shorter University.