After a double header sweep of the Govs at home on Saturday, the Pirates traveled to Dothan looking for a series win and possible sweep down in the land of the Wiregrass. After an offensive explosion in Game 1 and a masterful pitching performance in Game 2, the Pirates took both the series and the sweep with 13-4 and 3-1 wins.
In Game 1, the Pirates got things going early, as Nolan Greckel and Hunter Webb reached to start the first. After a one out walk to Ryan Hagan, Tyler Lynn launched a grand slam over the right field wall to give the Pirates an early 4-0 lead.
Starter Austin Thomas gave one back in the first, and had to be pulled in the second as he suffered from a severe migraine headache, giving way to Chase Burks who tossed the next 4 innings.
Up 4-1, CVCC added 3 more in the 2nd, keyed by Hagans 2 run triple to go up 7-1. In the third, Hunter Webb’s double scored JT Thomas, who had his first career 4 hit day to push the lead to 8-1. Still not done, CVCC added 2 more in the fourth as Grayson Ivey and Thomas both added 2 run singles for a 10-1 lead.
Solid in relief, Burks ran into a bit of trouble in the fourth, surrendering 3 runs on 3 hits and a hit by pitch. While Wallace closed the gap to 10-4, CVCC responded immediately by adding the 11th run on Tyler Lynn’s double.
Burks settled in and gave way to Willy Tillery who finished the game tossing 2 2/3 scoreless innings. The Pirates added 2 more in the 9th on Brandon Whiteford’s 2 run double to finish things off at 13-4.
Game 2 was continued emergence of Jordan Lee’s dominance. The electric freshman was dazzling through his 5 2/3 innings, allowing a single run on 5 hits, while striking out 3.
Offensively, the Pirates did all of their damage early, and with one guy – Will Campbell. With 2 on and 2 out, Campbell smashed a 2 run single to give JLee all of the runs he would need. After Dothan responded with a run in the 2nd to pull within a run, Campbell did it again in the third inning, with another run scoring single with 2 out.
The score remained 3-1 the rest of the way, as JLee made pitch after pitch, with the defense making play after play behind him. With 2 on and 2 out in the 5th, Jacob Ozley induced a harmless popout to end the inning.
Drew Dunagan came on in the 7th to preserve the game and earn the save, striking out 2 Govs to end the sweep.
The 2 wins ran the Pirates record to 17-7 and 7-1 in conference play, as they headed to East Georgia on Tuesday for a non-conference game.