by Anthony Sizemore, Student Sports Reporter
The Eagles journeyed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania over the weekend to take on the Point Park Pioneers. Here is a recap of the four-game series.
Saturday, April 5th
In game one of the series, Justin Smith was tapped to start on the mound for ALC. Unfortunately, the Eagles got off to a bad start in this one, watching as Point Park broke out the whooping stick and charged out to a 4-0 lead. Things did not improve for ALC over the course of the game as Point Park would score in the last five innings.
Smith gave up fourteen hits and twelve runs in three innings, while Jake Woolwine and Dustin Williams allowed eight hits and five runs in the last three. Alice Lloyd could only string together four hits.
Wayne Sparks was named the starting pitcher for the second game. Similar to game one, Point Park scored in the very first inning, bringing home two runs. The Eagles would fire back in the third with three runners touching home plate to give ALC the lead (3-2). This would not last, though, as Point Park was able to bring one home as well to tie the game at 3.
Neither team scored in the fourth, but PPU took the lead for good in the fifth. The home team scored three to make it 6-3. ALC would try to rally in the seventh. The Eagles would get a base runner on, but could do no more as PPU snuffed out any possible comebacks ALC had in mind.
Ryne Loggins, Alex Dapkus and Zach Hancock had one RBI each for the Eagles. Sparks went four and one-third innings, surrendering ten hits and six runs, while Timmy Sublett pitched the final one and two-thirds innings. Sublett allowed zero runs and zero hits.
Sunday, April 6th
Game three of the four-game set would see senior Neil Dillon take the hill for the Eagles. The theme of the series continued as Point Park produced another excellent start, scoring three runs in the first inning. The Pioneers continued to add on to their lead in the third with three more runners coming home to make it 6-0 in favor of PPU.
Dillon would go four innings, allowing six runs off of nine hits, while Jake Woolwine would give up zero runs and zero hits in two innings. Alice Lloyd committed three errors in the game and managed just one hit.
Chance Westerfield was on the mound for the series finale. Point Park would score in the first three innings to blow the game open at 9-0. The Eagles would score four in the fourth, but it was too little, too late for ALC as the Pioneers got the four runs back when they returned to bat in their half of the fourth.
Two innings pitched for Westerfield as he surrendered six hits and four runs. The bullpen (Ryan Burrow, Greg Wright, Mackenzie Hicks, Logan Condra and Chris Delgado) allowed nine hits and nine runs (seven earned) in four innings pitched.
Next up, the Eagles will face Hiwassee College in a home doubleheader on Tuesday, April 8th at 2 PM.