Warhawks split doubleheader with No. 1 Tennessee Wesleyan | Schools
Behind a three-run homer by junior David Carter and a two-run single by senior Chad Mansmann, the Auburn Montgomery baseball team managed a split in its doubleheader against the defending NAIA national champions Tennessee Wesleyan on Sunday. The Warhawks took the opener 5-4, before falling in game two 12-3.
With the split, AUM improved to 1-3 on the season, while the Bulldogs are also now 1-3. Tennessee Wesleyan entered the game as the preseason No. 1 team in the NAIA, while the Warhawks are ranked No. 18.
“In the opener, we really swung the bat well in critical situations,” head coach Q.V. Lowe said. “In game two, we fell apart. We didn’t get the kind of pitching in the middle of the game that we needed, but we did have some positive things. Erik Lawrence changed his whole delivery and came in and shut them out for three innings, throwing nothing but strikes. David Carter found out something about his swing and really swung the bat well. There were some positive things in the game even though we lost it.”
In the opener, Carter blasted a three-run homer in the first inning and gave the Warhawks a lead that they would not relinquish. Following walks to Mansmann and junior Blake Bearden, Carter launched a 2-0 pitch over the left field wall, putting AUM on the scoreboard.
Tennessee Wesleyan cut the deficit to 3-2 on a two-run double by Brad Carpenter in the top of the second, but Mansmann extended the lead by driving in two runs with a single in the bottom of the frame. With two outs, senior Branden Kelley and junior Josh Thompson each recorded hits, giving the Warhawks runners on second and third. Mansmann followed with a sharp single to centerfield, scoring both runners.
The Bulldogs scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to close the gap to one run, 5-4, but junior Britt Wilson tossed a scoreless two innings of relief to secure the victory. Wilson earned his first save of the year, while junior Chad Reeves picked up the win with five innings of work. Reeves struck out four and allowed all four runs in the win.
Tyler Wilson took the loss, allowing five runs and five hits in five innings.
In game two, TWC scored all its run in three innings, the second, third and fourth, as the Bulldogs earned their first win of the season. Carpenter, Jake Stone and Brackton Smith each drove in two runs in the win.
Junior Hayden Hillyer put the Warhawks on the board in the second inning with a solo home run to lead off the inning. Thompson and sophomore Bryan Young each collected RBI hits in the fourth inning.
In the loss, the Warhawks pounded out a season-high 12 hits. Carter finished with three hits, while Thompson added two. Despite the season-best offensive output, AUM struggled defensively, committing six errors.
On the mound, three pitchers combined to allow the 12 runs, while junior Spencer Youmans suffering the loss. The bright spot on the mound was junior Erik Lawrence, who allowed just one base runner in three no-hit innings of relief.
Jarrod Jameson earned the victory with five innings of three-run ball. He struck out five in the outing.
AUM will return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 5, when it travels to Blue Mountain College for a doubleheader. The twin bill is slated to begin at 3 p.m.
Source: AUM Sports Information Director