Freshman right hander, Big Ben Taylor, made his CVCC debut as a starting pitcher on Thursday at Howard Lake Field and absolutely handcuffed the East Georgia Bobcats all day long as the Pirates notched a 4-2 victory.
The big righty went 7 complete innings allowing only 3 hits, while striking out a season high, 9 hitters, for the Pirate pitching staff, while surrendering only 1 earned run. The Pirate offense gave Taylor a 2 run cushion in the bottom of the first inning, as Jared Kahn and Martin Castro led of the game with back to back singles. A double steal drew an errant throw to third from the catcher and Kahn scored easily on the overthrow. Taylor Hinshaw followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Castro. After hitting the leadoff hitter to start the game, Taylor then proceeded to throw 4 perfect innings and took a no-hitter into the 5th inning. A single, hit by pitch and a double pulled the Bobcats within a run, however, Taylor responded by striking out the side to end any more serious East Georgia threats. The Pirate
offense got back on track in the bottom half of the 5th to answer East Georgia, with 2 more runs of their own. A Castro RBI double and another Hinshaw sacrifice fly would essentially be all of the pitching staff needed to knock off the Bobcats. After Trace McDaniel pitched a perfect 8th inning, Matty Vollenweider came on in the final frame to strike out the side and notched his second save of the season. On the day, the Pirate pitchers surrendered only 5 hits, while punching out 13 East Georgia hitters. The 4-4 Pirates will hit the road on Wednesday, February 8th to Covington, Georgia to take on the Jaguars of Georgia Perimeter College in a 3:00 pm contest.