The development of the young pitching staff continued to take another step in the right direction. The offense continued to develop as well, as CVCC split the double header with Gordon at Howard Lake Field.
In game 1, Sawyer Steele got the start and was solid in three innings of work, surrendering 2 runs (1 earned), allowing only 2 hits, while striking out three.
After Gordon went up 1-0 in the top of the first, back to back singles by Kurt Ornowski and AJ Willoughby, let to an RBI groundout by Carson Hughes to knot the score at 1 apiece.
Gordon answered to take a temporary 2-1 lead in the second, but CVCC immediately responded with 2 more runs to take the lead for good. Tre Kirklin’s one out walk was followed by a Zach Cable double and Jayson Cook and Ornowski delivered back to back RBI singles to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead they would not surrender.
Casey Cobb came on to toss the next 3 innings, allowing only a single run on a sac fly in the 6th, allowing only 2 hits.
The offense continued to add to the lead on an Isaac Phillips RBI groundout in the 4th and put up 2 more insurance runs in the 6th on an Ornowski RBI groundout and a Willoughby RBI single to push the lead to 6-3.
Tyler Elkins tossed a clean 1-2-3 7th with a strikeout to earn the save and close out game 1.
Game 2 was a lot of pitching and a little offense. Pierce Smith started and allowed a single run in the first in his 2 innings of work. The bullpen went into shutdown mode from there and did not allow a run over the next 6 innings, with Parker Boyle, Chandler Newman, Stewart Tyler and Garrett Fowler all slamming the door on the Highlanders.
The Pirates tied the score in the 3rd, as Austin Zeitler and Brent Vallor singled to open the frame. After a double steal, MJ Rookard delivered an RBI groundout to tie the contest at 1-1.
With no scoring from either team at the end of regulation, the head coaches agreed to play 1 extra inning. Unfortunately, Gordon State picked up 2 runs in the 8th to go ahead 3-1 while the Pirates went quietly in their half of the 8th to take their second loss on the season.
At 5-2-1, the Pirates next head to AUM’s tournament for a matchup with Faulkner State and Southern Union.