GRU Augusta completes the series sweep of Flagler

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – GRU Augusta and Flagler resumed game two of the Peach Belt Conference series on Sunday afternoon, after play was suspended on Saturday due to rain, for the Jaguars to take the first and second game to complete the series sweep over the Flagler Saints.

Before the lightning forced game two to a halt, the Jaguars (16-22, 8-13 PBC) had a 4-1 lead after freshman Tyler Brown started game two for GRU and pitched 5.2 innings to allow four hits for one run. Brown took a line drive off the arm in the sixth inning and was forced to leave the game.

Will Robertson had the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the seventh when play stopped on Saturday. The Jags went to Tristan Jones in the bullpen to commence the game. Jones got his first batter faced to fly out, but a Flagler groundball to the right side made it a 4-2 game.

The scoring started with two outs in the first inning, when sophomore’s Hunter Boose and Connor Gilbert struck straight singles, before senior Ryan Khan lined one to right field to plate Boose for the quick score. Brown gave up a couple of hits and conceded a run to tie the game on a wild pitch. GRU freshman Tyler Roberts and senior JD Sabo drew walks off Flagler starter Jake Brandenberger in the fifth inning and senior Jeff Rice posted one of his RBI with a sacrifice fly to center. Rice boosted the Jags’ lead in the top of the seventh with two outs when he sent a 2-1 pitch over the left-field wall for a 4-1 game.

Jones held off the Saints to get his third save of the year in his 3.0 innings pitched to allow three hits. Brown (4-1) got the win after his 5.2 innings pitched in the start, while Brandenberger (5-2) took the loss in 6. 2 innings, allowing eight hits for four runs. Rice carded three RBI for the Jags, Khan was 1-for-5 with an RBI, and Gilbert and Zach Murray each had two hits.

Looking for the series sweep in game three, the Jags took another lead in the top of the third when Rice doubled to deep right field to score Sabo. Rice continued his reign in the batter’s box in the top of the fifth when he knocked another shot to the right-field gap to take a 4-1 lead, after Flagler scored one in the bottom of the fourth. Lorenzo Butler took Jaguar starter Frank Warren deep in the bottom of the sixth to cut the GRU lead by two. The Jaguar offense gave Warren some insurance runs as they compiled four consecutive singles and a sacrifice fly off two different Flagler arms to build a 7-2 lead for the final.