Florida Memorial University banged out 17 hits in a 7-5 The Sun Conference victory over SCAD and Design April 23 at Chain Field.
Florida Memorial took a 1-0 lead on a solo home run in the first inning. Second-year Matt Zajac, a film and television major from Pine Brook, N.J., tied the game with a solo home run at the bottom of the second. The Lions regained the lead in the third on another solo home.
The Bees responded with three runs in its half of the inning to take a 4-2 lead. Broadcast design major Mike Hines, a third-year from Lithonia, Ga., had a RBI single and Zajac contributed a run-scoring double to left-center. Fourth-year Scott Shambaugh, a photography major from Gahanna, Ohio, closed out the inning with a RBI single to right.
However, the lead was short lived as the Lions roared back to take the lead for good with a three-run outburst in the fourth. The Lions added two more insurance runs in later innings. SCAD got a run back in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Shambaugh, but that would be as close as the Bees would get.
The following day SCAD and Florida Memorial University split a The Sun Conference baseball doubleheader at Chain Field.
The Bees won the opener 8-4 after. In the sixth inning SCAD sent 11 batters to the plate scoring five runs. Fourth-year Kyle DeYoung, a visual communications major from St. John, Ind., and Kelvin Goodson, a first-year architecture major from Hagan, Ga., each had run scoring sacrifice flies. Mike Hines added a RBI double down the left field line.
Third-year Stephen Shackleford, a visual communications major from Louisville, Ky., improved to 10-3 as he struck out 10 in the complete-game victory.
The Lions took the nightcap 13-5. SCAD had taken a 5-2 lead after scoring five runs in the bottom of the fourth. Matt Zajac drove in the first run on a sacrifice fly before Goodson tied the game on a RBI single. DeYoung drove in another run on a double to left-center. Fourth-year Mark Stewart Jr., a film and television major from Royal Palm Beach, Fla., closed out the scoring with a two-run homer over the left-center field fence.
Florida Memorial took control of the game as they scored seven runs on seven hits in the top of the fifth as the Lions sent 11 batters to the plate.
On April 27 Valdosta State University scored two runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh to defeat SCAD 10-5 in non-conference baseball action at Billy Grant Field.
SCAD opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning. Stewart. singled up the middle to open the game then stole second. Third-year Patrick Braswell, a graphic design major from Jacksonville, Fla., hit a single through the middle of the infield scoring Stewart.
Valdosta State responded with a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the inning for a 2-1 lead.
Goodson led off the second with a home run to right field to tie the game only to have the Blazer’s Ryan Danbury hit his second round tripper of the year in the bottom of the inning to put Valdosta State back in front 4-2.
A two-out throwing error by VSU allowed Hines to reach and score on a Zajac double in the third. The Bees pulled within a run only to have VSU double up SCAD with a pair of runs in the sixth putting Valdosta State back on top 6-3.
The Blazers added four more runs to its lead in the seventh inning while the Bees responded with two in the eighth but it wasn’t enough as VSU secured the win.
Webber International University defeated the Savannah College of Art and Design 4-1 in a The Sun Conference softball contest April 23 in Babson Park, Fla.
SCAD took a 1-0 lead in the first as fourth-year Carleigh Shannon, a architecture major from Jacksonville, Fla., led off the game with a triple and later scored when senior Kristen Curette, a fourth-year advertising design major from Baytown, Texas, hit a sacrifice fly. The Warriors tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the inning as they took advantage of two of the five errors SCAD committed in the game.
WIU took the lead for good in the third on a sacrifice fly to left. The Warriors added two more insurance runs in the sixth.
The next day Webber International University softball team tossed two shutouts over SCAD in a Sun Conference doubleheader.
Webber International’s Kristen Stewart tossed a one-hitter as the Warriors took the opener over SCAD 2-0. In the nightcap, Kristen LeFan recorded a no-hitter as Webber International registered a 1-0 victory.
The Bees dropped their fifth consecutive game and fell to 29-15 and 6-6 in TSC.Contact Jim Janson.