Baseball wins first game of the season

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Kevin Howard | khoward5@radford.edu

In this past week, our baseball team hit the road for a four-game series against Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Georgia. With baseball just getting past the first week of their 2016 season, the Highlanders looked to improve their 1-3 record on the road.

In the first game, Radford ended up losing 6-3. Dylan Nelson was recorded for the loss at pitching, while other notable statistics included Zach York going 3-4 at bat with three hits and one run. On Saturday the Highlanders took part in a doubleheader. In the first game of the twinbill, our Highlanders started off strong with a run in the second inning. Radford went on to win the game 2-1.

Radford’s starting pitcher, Zack Ridgely, pitched a complete game only allowing one run in nine innings. He struck out six batters. Radford loaded the bases in the top of the second thanks to a Danny Hrbek single and walks by Jonathan Gonzalez and Zach Duff. With two outs, Luke Wise laid down a bunt along the third base line to score Hrbek. Wise came up big in the fifth inning as he lauched a first pitch solo home run into deep right field that gave Radford a 2-0 edge.

In the third game of this mini four-game series, Radford lost the second game of the day 2-3. Hrbek went 2-3 at the plate with one run, while Shane Johnsonbaugh drilled his third home run of the season that gave Radford an early 1-0 lead. After Georgia Southern scored two runs, the Highlanders answered in the top of the second. Hrbek launched a home run that tied the game at 2.

In the bottom of the seventh, Georgia Southern put two runners on base. With runners on first and second with two outs, Eric Furphy hit a ground ball to third baseman Colby Higgerson. Higgerson threw the ball to second but the runner was safe. Jordan Wren came around to score to give Georgia Southern the 3-2 walk-off win. Finishing off the road trip with sunny weather the Highlanders looked to even out the win/loss ratio against Georgina Southern but lost the game by eight runs (2-10).

The ballplayers here at Radford look to get another win under their belt against crosstown rival Virginia Tech on Tuesday in Blacksburg. The home opener is on Friday at Radford Baseball Stadium against Hartford with first pitch at 4 p.m.