SGSC Hawks baseball moves to 9-1 on the season after doubleheader win

Both teams were active on the pitcher's mound Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, but the South Georgia State College (SGSC) Hawks defeated Florida State College of Jacksonville Blue Wave 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Hawks’ pitchers allowed just three hits to the Blue Wave.

South Georgia opened up scoring in the second inning. JT Rice singled on a line drive to center field on his first pitch. Rice advanced to second on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Calabro. The first run for the Hawks came on a single by Walker Sinclair that drove in Rice.

In the bottom of the third, Kody Krause got on base when hit by a pitch. JR Lonon came to bat and doubled to move Krause over home plate for the second run of the game.

SGSC tallied five hits in the game. Sinclair and Rice each had two hits to lead the Hawks. Lonon added one hit with his line-drive double to right field in the third.

Andrew Curtin got the win for the Hawks. He surrendered one run on three hits over six innings, striking out six. Buck Bennett threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. Bennett recorded the last three outs to earn the save for South Georgia.

In game two of the doubleheader, SGSC defeated FSCJ 5-3 after taking the lead late in the game. The game was tied at three with SGSC Hawks batting in the bottom of the fifth when JT Rice singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run.

SGSC Hawks saw the ball well, racking up seven hits in the game. Kody Krause and JR Lonon each collected two hits with one being when Krause tripled on a line drive to right field. Rice, Carlos Hernandez and Tony Player contributed one hit each.

Matt Thompson took the win for the SGSC Hawks. He surrendered three runs on two hits over six and a third innings, striking out five. Chantz Cruz threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen. Cruz recorded the last two outs to earn the save for the Hawks.

The victories Saturday made an eight-game winning streak for the Hawks moving them into 9-1 on the season at the top of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) standings. 

JT Rice from Thomasville, Ga., went 3-for-5 in Saturday’s doubleheader against Florida State College of Jacksonville.