St. Augustine’s tops Pembroke 9-5 for first victory over a ranked team

March 18, 2014 

— Junior Jamie Scott recorded two RBIs and two runs scored as Saint Augustine’s relied on a big second inning to stop No. 14th-ranked UNC Pembroke 9-5 in a non-conference game on Tuesday at Sammy Cox Field.

It was the Falcons’ first victory against a nationally-ranked team in recent memory. The Braves are ranked 14th in Division II in the latest Collegiate Baseball rankings. It is also the first win over the Braves since 1995 though, neither team has records of the 2002 season on the ncaa.com database.

The foursome of seniors Calvin Butcher Clarence Peace, Darien Hardaway and Darryl Washington-Hardy each added an RBI for the Falcons, who amassed 12 hits in the nine-inning game.

Falcons senior Alex Edwards gained the win after allowing only two hits in four innings.

The Falcons fell behind 1-0 in the first inning but erupted for five runs in the second inning to take charge. William Thomas started the inning with a single and later scored on Washington-Hardy’s RBI single. Scott connected on a two-run single to score Hardaway and Jason Baytop, who reached base on a fielding error while Hardaway reached base on a walk. Butcher hit a single to score Washington-Hardy, and Peace singled to score Scott.

The Braves threatened with the bases loaded in the second inning, but Edwards struck out the batter for the third out. In the third inning, the Braves had men on first and third with one out, but Edwards forced a foul out and a fly out to end the inning.

The Falcons improved to 10-18 overall while handing UNCP its seventh loss in 27 games.

Winthrop 8, N.C. A&T 2: Host Winthrop exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning to defeat North Carolina A&T. The win improves the Eagles to 9-11, while the Aggies fall to 8-11.

Sophomore Stephen Wallace led the Eagles’ rally with a bases clearing double that put Winthrop ahead 4-1. He finished the night with two of Winthrop’s seven hits and he scored one run.

Right handed pitcher Jason Driver started and pitched five innings of one-hit baseball and gave up one run to earn the win and improve his record to 2-1.

Southpaw DarAmani Swift took the loss for the Aggies, falling to 1-2 as he gave up three runs on four hits.

The Aggies took the lead in the fourth inning when Brandon Wilkerson scored from third on a sacrifice fly from Cameron Jergens.

The fifth inning rally started when Leighton Daniels scored tying run for the Eagles after coming home on a bases load walk. Wallace then came through with his three-RBI double that brought Mark Lowrie, John Menken and Chad Smith home to give Winthrop a 4-1 lead.

Wallace later scored from second on an RBI single by Clay Altman. Zac Goodno followed with a single and then Kyle Edwards then doubled to score Altman and send Goodno to third. Daniels came up to bat for the second time in the inning against and A&T Kirby Whicker who uncorked a wild pitch on ball four that allowed Goodno to score. Edwards advanced to third and then scored the final run of the inning when Smith reached on an error by the center fielder.

The Aggies added their final run in the ninth when Ryan Hill scored on a passed ball.

The Eagles will have less than a day to rest as they take on the Citadel at 6 p.m. Wednesday night at The Winthrop Ballpark.

Tar Heels game canceled: No. 12 North Carolina will host West Virginia in an added game Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium. Tuesday’s game against Princeton was canceled due to lingering inclement weather in the area, necessitating the impromptu matchup between the Tar Heels and Mountaineers. Fans with tickets for Tuesday’s game or any other previously canceled game can exchange them Wednesday at the Boshamer box office.

In addition to Wednesday’s game, there has been a time change for Friday’s series opener against Georgia Tech. That game, which was originally scheduled for 7 p.m., will now begin at 5. Tickets are available at GoHeels.com/tickets.

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