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Baseball finishes with 4-game split with Louisburg College

February 22, 2016

LOUISBURG, N.C. — The Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) baseball team split its away doubleheader Sunday (Feb. 21) with Louisburg College, wrapping up a four-game, home-and-home series with the Hurricanes.

The Patriots once again won Game 1 but lost the second game like they did the day before at Hooker Field in Martinsville. PHCC won Game 1 4-3 and lost Game 2 7-3, but did improve upon the series the weekend prior in South Carolina to start the season, of which it lost three of four.

“In all, much better weekend playing baseball. We pitched much better and that started with Jack (Maynard) on Saturday,” Patriots coach Frank Jagoda said. “Our bullpen didn’t allow an earned run in all four games, and so I’m pleased with our response this weekend. We’re still not satisfied and have a great opportunity Wednesday (against Ferrum) to improve on some things.”

Freshman Parker Brann (Leasburg, N.C.) rebounded well from a tough season-opening start at USC-Lancaster by allowing two earned runs in 4 1/3 innings while striking out five. He allowed eight earned runs and nine hits over 2 1/3 innings in his college debut last week. Freshman Robert Fitzwater (Suffolk, Va.) picked up the win throwing 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

The Patriots stole four bases in the first game Sunday as sophomore Rashad Stewart (Dinwiddie, Va.) had a pair. Sophomore Ryan Coale (Lexington, Va.) also stole a base and had two hits in the win. Freshman Cody Powers (Mechanicsville, Va.) had a multi-hit game, as well.

“In Game 1 we played made some key defensive plays when we needed them, including a game-ending double play with the bases loaded,” Jagoda said. “We also got our running game going early which put us in positions to score.”

In Game 2, a four-run, third inning by Louisburg, all with two outs, created the necessary separation.

Sophomore Anthony Zona (Mechanicsville, Va.) took the loss, allowing five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings of work. He struck out three and walked two.

Powers added another two-hit game, including his first home run of the season. He finished the day 4-for-8 and pitched an inning of scoreless relief. Stewart doubled and scored a run while going 2-for-3. Freshman Brandon Nania (Murrysville, Pa.) finished the day with two doubles, three walks and a hit-by-pitch.

The baseball team breaks up its string of doubleheaders to start the season with a 9-inning game starting at 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 25) at Hooker Field against NCAA, Division III Ferrum College.




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