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Braves’ baseball swept by Pirates

By Brian Beck
Assistant Sports Editor          
           
The visiting Armstrong Atlantic Pirates swept the Braves in a three-game series on April 5 and 6 at Sammy Cox Baseball Field.
           
The Pirates started off the April 5 night game with a run in the second after Josh Wilson singled, advanced to second on a passed ball and then scored as a result of an Eric Hudson single.

Derek Funk was hitless for the first game of the Atlantic Armstrong series but went 4-7 in the rest of the series.

Photo courtesy of UNCP Athletics
Derek Funk was hitless for the first game of the Atlantic Armstrong series but went 4-7 in the rest of the series.

The Pirates would go on to put two more on the board in the top of the fourth, taking the score to 3-0.
           
Ross Partee would hold the Braves scoreless until the seventh inning.  

Jeff Adams and Chris Beck came to bat and found their way on base with consecutive singles. 
           
Cameron Penny’s fly ball to right field would allow Adams to tag up and move over to third, putting him in position to score on Jay Bowman’s single. 
           
Beck then came around to score from second after Stuart Champion’s single.                    

However, Champion was thrown out at second, ending the Braves inning.                 

Neither team would put another run off the plate, leaving the score at 3-2.
           
Partee (4-3) earned the win for the Pirates with seven innings of work, giving up two runs in the process. 
           
Dave Cockroft (3-3) took the loss for the Braves, pitching a complete game and giving up three runs and walking three while striking out eight.
           
Armstrong Atlantic jumped out to another early lead in the first game of the April 6 doubleheader, scoring two runs in the first and two runs in the second. 
           
The Braves would wait until the sixth to score when Adam Hamrick knocked Adams and Bowman in with a single up the right side.
           
However, the Pirates would score three more runs in the seventh and hold the Braves to only one more, leaving the score at 7-3 Pirates.
           
Austin Ducey (7-0) gave up only two runs in six innings of work to get the win for the Pirates. 
           
Brian Willis (4-3) was the losing pitcher, giving up 7 runs (4 earned) in seven innings of work.
           
The second game of the doubleheader saw the Pirates jump out to another quick lead, scoring one in the first when Hudson crossed the plate as a result of a passed ball.
           
The Braves would put their first run of the game on the board in the fourth after a Kevin Dietrich triple and an RBI single from Adams. 
           
The Pirates would score one run of their own in the top of the fifth, but the Braves would take the lead in their half when Champion and Derek Funk crossed the plate.                                  

Armstrong Atlantic put the game away in the top of the sixth with four runs.              

Cody Crotts (2-3) took the loss for the Braves as four unearned runs crossed the plate during his inning of relief.

The Braves will conclude their five-game homestand on April 12 with a game against St. Andrews.             

They will then go on the road to play at Georgia Southwestern on April 14 and 15, return home for a two-game series against Chowan on April 17 and 18 before going on the road for their final conference series of the season against Augusta State on April 21 and 22.

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