After a big conference sweep of Wallace State-Dothan, the Pirates took to the road for a non-conference matchup across the state of Georgia, as they traveled to Swainsboro for a single game against East Georgia College. After winning 2 out of 3 against the Bobcats to open the 2015 season, the Pirates were able to secure the series win with a 9-5 come from behind win.
The Pirates jumped on board first in the first, as Ryan Hagan delivered a clutch two out double to score Kenny Ford, who had earlier walked. In other big news in the first, Jake Maziar singled in his first at bat, after being out of the lineup for a month with a high ankle sprain.
Up 1-0, starter Nik Verbeke battled command issues most of the day, as East Georgia rallied for an unearned run in the second to tie the game at one. In the third, free passes caught up to him again, as the Bobcats took the lead with 2 more runs. And finally, Verbeke’s day was done after the 4th, when allowed a final run on no hits and 2 hit by pitches. All told, EGC scored 4 runs on only 1 hit and 7 free passes in four innings.
The Pirate offense had work to do and cut the lead in half with Drew Lingo’s 2 out, run scoring triple, to bring the Pirates within 4-2. Finally, the Pirates exploded in the 5th for 6 runs, with the fatal blow being a bases loaded monstrous shot over the right field wall off of the bat of Brandon Whiteford to put the Pirates ahead for good at 8-4.
Logan Haner then made his first appearance in a few weeks and pitched an absolute gem out of the bullpen for the Pirates, tossing 3 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, allowing only 2 hits, while striking out 3. Jon Kizzar finished off the 8th with an emphatic punchout.
The offense added one more run in the 9th, on Trent Simpson’s pinch hit RBI single to run the lead up to 9-4.
Drew Dunagan came on in the 9th to finish things up, however, EGC scratched for a run before Dunagan induced a harmless groundout to end the game with a 9-5 win.
The Pirates ran their record to 18-7 with the win as they headed into conference play against Alabama Southern.