Wilkerson's two homers not enough for Diamond Jags

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Tuesday Feb. 3, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Anderson rallied for three runs in the eighth inning Tuesday afternoon and picked up a 10-7 non-conference road win over Augusta State at Jaguar Field.

The Trojans (1-0) outhit ASU 16-11, though the Jaguars collected six extra-base hits.

Junior rightfielder Shannon Wilkerson homered twice and drove in five runs to pace ASU (0-4) offensively. Sophomore centerfielder Alex Walker went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI. Junior Evan Smith and freshman Adam King had two hits.

B.J. Smith led Anderson with four hits while Josh Grubbs and Matt Hill booked three hits each. Grubbs and Andrew Davis drove in a pair of run while Hill hit a solo homer and scored four runs.

Senior righthander Chris Pitts (1-0) earned the win in relief, striking out nine over the last four innings. He allowed four hits and two runs after starter Blair Carson gave up seven hits and five runs in the first five innings.

Five pitchers saw action for the Jags and combined on 11 strikeouts. Freshman righty Wilson Taylor worked the first inning and was charged with three hits and three runs. Sophomore righty Patrick Lowe took the loss, surrendering the go-ahead run in the eighth.

Anderson jumped ahead 7-1 in the fourth before the Jags plated three runs in their half of the fourth. ASU pulled even at 7-all in the bottom of the sixth after Evan Smith’s leadoff single chased Carson from the game.