ASU wins first of the year, Chris Tyler shines on the mound

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Friday Feb. 6, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta State senior lefthander Chris Tyler didn’t allow an earned run in eight innings and pitched the Jaguars to their first victory of the season Friday afternoon in a 4-1 win over Coker at Cormell Field.

The contest was part of the South Atlantic Challenge, a weekend round-robin event pitting teams from the Peach Belt Conference and the South Atlantic Conference.

The victory was first of the season for ASU and lifted the Jags to a 1-4 mark. Coker, which had won three straight to begin its 2009 campaign, dropped to 3-1.

Tyler, the Jags’ opening day starter on Sunday, Feb. 1, logged 8.0 innings of scoreless work. He didn’t allow an earned run, struck out eight without a walk and scattered 10 hits. Sophomore righthander Scott Strickland earned his first save with a scoreless ninth, recording a strikeout and a walk.

Senior first baseman Kevin Owens and freshman outfielder Caleb Saggus each had three hits for ASU. Alex Sickman added a pair of safeties and sophomore designated hitter Tristan Toorie drove in two runs.

Coker’s Kyle Walker went 3-for-4 and Karl Ankersen and Brinley Griffin added two hits each. The Cobras’ Jesse Hatchell took the loss, yielding 10 hits and four runs in 8.0 innings, striking out five and walking one.