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Shorter: Hawks defeat Christian Brothers on Senior Day

Shorter defeated Christian Brothers in two games on Saturday, winning the opener 6-3, and the final game of the double header, 8-1. The Hawks honored their two seniors, Brian Cabrera and Sheldon Drake, prior to game one. “Those two guys were a huge help this season,” coach Wes Timmons stated. “Anytime you can bring guys back that have been there and can lead the younger guys it’s a huge help,” the coach added.

From Shorter University Athletics:

Shorter defeated Christian Brothers in two games on Saturday, winning the opener 6-3, and the final game of the double header, 8-1.

The Hawks honored their two seniors, Brian Cabrera and Sheldon Drake, prior to game one. “Those two guys were a huge help this season,” coach Wes Timmons stated. “Anytime you can bring guys back that have been there and can lead the younger guys it’s a huge help,” the coach added.

In game one, Blaze Vazquez got things started for Shorter when he evened the score at one run a piece with a solo home run to left field.

With the game tied at one, the visitors from Memphis, Tennessee took a 3-1 lead off a 2-RBI double, but Shorter scored five unanswered runs to secure the victory. In the fifth, catcher Dustin Lawson‘s 2-RBI single scored Cabrera and Patrick Sanderson, tying the game at three.

The Hawks took their first lead of the contest the next inning when Sean Acevedo batted in Austin Miller. In the eighth inning, Sanderson gave Shorter a pair of insurance runs he when singled to left field, allowing Harrison Hatfield andPatrick Busscher to cross home plate.

The Hawks collected 11 hits in the 6-3 victory. Miller and Acevedo each had two leads to lead SU.

Busscher earned the victory in game one, giving up one hit and no earned runs in four innings of relief. The Bucs Will Rutledge earned the loss.

In Saturday’s final game, Shorter walked away with an 8-1 win and “hit the ball well,” according to Timmons.

Sanderson began the game with a leadoff double and came around to score when Drake reached on an error by the Bucs second baseman.

After one inning, the Hawks led 1-0. They extended their lead to 7-0 by scoring six runs in the third and fourth innings. In the third, Shorter scored thanks to a two-RBI double by Vazquez and an RBI-triple by Cortes. Sanderson knocked in three runs in the fourth inning when he hit a shot over the fence in left-center field.

SU’s final run of the contest came off the bat of Acevedo in the bottom fifth inning. His RBI base hit allowed Cortes to score. The Hawks gave up one run to CBU in the sixth but were victorious, 8-1.

Michael Weiksner had a stellar performance, pitching 5.2 innings and earning the win. The win moved his record to 3-4 overall.

The Hawks are now 15-32 on the year with an 8-24 record in Gulf South Conference play. The losses drop the Bucs to 9-37 overall and 1-31 in GSC action.

Shorter looks to close out the 2016 season with a sweep of Christian Brothers tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is set for 1 PM EST from the Ledbetter Baseball Complex in Rome, Georgia.

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