Jags split doubleheader with Young Harris

(Background credit: MGN Online)
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March 30, 2014 AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Jaguars evened the Peach Belt Conference series with a 9-3 win in the first game of the doubleheader and scored four runs in the ninth inning of game two to nearly pull off the comeback against Young Harris who hung on for a 7-6 win to take the series.

GRU (13-21, 5-13 PBC) scored the first runs of game one with a homerun from third baseman Hunter Boose - making it 3-0 by the end of the first inning. All was uneventful until the bottom of the third inning when the Jags scored a run again, making the score 4-0.

Jags starter Tyler Brown (3-1) held YHC (19-16, 8-10 PBC) quiet for the majority of the game and the Jaguars scored another three runs in the fifth inning off a double by JD Sabo, bringing in Tyler Roberts and Bradley Dennis. Immediately after, a line-drive-single by Jeff Rice scored a third run making the score 7-0 just over halfway through the game. The Young Harris Mountain Lions fought back in the sixth inning when they scored three runs due to a handful of singles, a stolen base, and a well-timed pop-up in the outfield by Trey Rogers.

The Mountain Lions came to life in the sixth when they scored three off three hits for a 7-3 ballgame. YHC’s David Atwood hit a standup triple with two outs in the seventh inning, but jaguar starter Tyler Brown left the man at third when he got an infield fly ball for out three. With a quick, no-run ninth inning, the Jaguars took their win over the Mountain Lions when Clint Echols came in to close out game two with a 9-3 final. Tyler Brown (3-1) got his second straight win in his fourth start of the year, tossing 8.0 innings where he allowed six hits.

Cody Beck (3-3) pitched 4.0 innings in his start for YHC and took the loss after he allowed 10 hits for four runs. Taylor Topping, the second lefty pitcher of the game for the Mountain Lions, tossed 4.0 inning and gave up eight hits for five runs.

Jack Morrow lifted YHC in their first at bat of game two with an opposite-field homer for two runs off Jags starter Frank Warren. Warren loaded the bases in the second, resulting to new pitcher Will Robertson. Robertson came in and got a groundball double play to end the inning and a keep 2-0 game alive.

After the Mountain Lions took a 3-0 lead on a sixth inning sacrifice fly, the Jags got their second hit of the game in the bottom of the inning, but couldn’t construe any runs off YHC game-three starter Josh Rudnik. In the seventh the Jags got to Rudnik when Connor Gilbert singled and Ryan Khan doubled for the first GRU run of the game.

YHC re-took their original lead after Adam Moore singled through the left side, but the Jags sparked a comeback in the ninth when they scored four. Donald Frew came in on the mound to finish the game. Khan used a hit by pitch and Miles reached on an error. A sac fly and Chase Loyd single scored two, before Sabo tripled and the YHC shortstop made an error for a 7-6 game. YHC went to James Mills on the mound who got a groundball to end the game. The Jaguars host Newberry for a single non-conference game at Jaguar Field this Tuesday, April 1st on the Forest Hills Campus off of Wrightsboro Road.