Cody Hall allowed just five hits in a complete-game effort Friday against Embry-Riddle.
Baseball - Fri. May. 11, 2012
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ----- Cody Hall scattered just five hits in a complete-game effort, but the Auburn University at Montgomery baseball team stranded 13 runners on base, including multiple runners in five innings, as it fell to Embry-Riddle, 2-0, at Sliwa Stadium in the Daytona Beach regional of the NAIA Opening Round Tournament on Friday.
The Warhawks (37-23) stranded at least one runner on base in every inning, with the exception of the seventh and eighth innings. However, in each frame AUM had a runner on base and it left the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Hall was masterful on the mound for the Warhawks, allowing just the five hits, but the Eagles (42-16) pieced three together in the bottom of the first inning to cap the scoring. On the afternoon, Hall needed 118 pitches to complete the outing, striking out seven and walking two to fall to 8-3 on the season.
AUM had nine hits in the game, including four by Brian Wheeler. Shane Turner and Jorden Johnson each had a pair of hits, while Hunter Cross chipped in the other hit.
A key component of the Warhawks struggles in the clutch was the effort of Eagles' starter Adam Paulencu (8-2), who tossed seven shutout innings, despite allowing eight hits and three walks. Paulencu also threw 118 pitches in the game, but was at his best with runners on base, stranding seven runners in scoring position.
The Eagles plated the lone runs of the contest in the first inning, behind RBI hits from Chris Page and Ian MacGeorge. Greg Smith led off the frame with a single up the middle and moved up a base following a sacrifice bunt. After Ben Kline was hit by a pitch, Page followed with a one-out single to center, plating Smith. However, Kline was thrown out at third base trying to advance a base on the throw. With two down, MacGeorge delivered what proved to be the key insurance run of the game with a double down the left field line, plating Page.
Like much of the game, AUM had an opportunity to tie the score in the ninth inning. With one out, Wheeler reached on a single and Wes Hughes walked to put runners on first and second. Pinch hitter Adam Russell followed by bouncing a ball to third base, where Jeff Lemon stepped on third, but threw his double play attempt away, allowing Hughes and Russell to advance a base. David Lidyard came in and threw just two pitches to earn his fifth save of the season by getting Cross to pop out to second to end the game.
The Warhawks fell into the loser's bracket with the loss and will await the winner of the elimination game between No. 4 seed Southern Poly and No. 5 seed Siena Heights tonight at 6 p.m. First pitch of AUM's game on Saturday is scheduled for 1 p.m. Embry-Riddle advances to the regional championship game tomorrow, where it will face the winner of AUM's game at 5 p.m.
With the result of today's game, the Warhawks will now need to win three games in two days, including twice against the host Eagles in order to qualify for the 56th Annual Avista-NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, from May 26 - June 1.