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Hawks take baseball series

MURFREESBORO – Trent Brosdahl’s extra-inning walk-off RBI secured a 9-8 victory and helped cap a solid weekend for Chowan University baseball as the Hawks took two of three from East Stroudsburg University at Hawkins Field on Saturday and Sunday.

The wins raised the Hawks’ record to 8-10-1 on the season after a split in the opening two games; losing 6-5 and winning 11-2.

Saturday, senior slugger Harry Markotay led the team with four hits on the afternoon including three runs scored and a home run.  Corey Bolam went 2-for-3 in the nightcap with a double and three RBI.

Robert Williams went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two walks in the early game, while Josh Vincent moved to 3-1 on the season with a strong performance in the nightcap allowing four hits in 5.2 innings.

Chowan started off the contest strong scoring two runs in the bottom of the opening frame on Williams’ bloop single in short left to score a pair.

The Hawks added two more in the bottom of the second as Markotay was able to beat the wind for a two-run blast to left field for the 4-0 advantage.

But the Warriors struck for five runs on three hits and two errors by the Hawks in the top of the third to take the lead 5-4.

CU was able to find the tying run in the bottom of the fifth inning.  But ESU found the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning as two walks and an error led to what was eventually the game winner.

The Hawks would take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first of Saturday’s second game as Julian Lopez brought home a run on an RBI groundout to second base.

The Hawks batted around in the bottom of the third inning scoring seven runs off six hits to lead 8-0.  Then they added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning scoring three runs on four hits to extend the margin to 11-0.

ESU scratched across two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to trail 11-2, which became the final score.

Sunday, Trent Brosdahl picked up two doubles on the afternoon including the game-winner.  Brosdahl and Anthony Jefferson both plated three RBI while Williams led the team with three hits.

Bailey Lipscomb tossed six innings allowing seven runs off nine hits in a no-decision.  A trio of Chowan hurlers combined for seven innings in relief allowing one run off four hits with Vinny Puma grabbing the win to move to 1-1.

The Warriors tagged Lipscomb for three runs off two hits and an error in the top of the first before Chowan’s Harley Davidson singled up the middle to plate the first run for the Hawks.

In the third, ESU extended their lead to 5-1.  The Warriors added a run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly and a run in the sixth on two errors by the Hawks.

The Hawks didn’t let the deficit deter then and started chipping away in the bottom of the sixth to trim the Warriors’ advantage to 7-3, but ESU countered with a run in the seventh to push their advantage to 8-3.

Chowan rallied back in the bottom of the seventh inning as Brosdahl doubled home two of the first three runs before the Hawks added a run on an Anthony Jefferson’s fielder’s choice to close the gap to 8-7.

In the bottom of the ninth, Jefferson hit a sacrifice fly to right center to knot the contest at 8-all.

The extra innings didn’t produce much for either team until the bottom of the 13th when Brosdahl doubled allowing Nick Rose to score the walk-off victory.

Chowan will return to South Carolina to face USC Aiken in a two-game series on Tuesday-Wednesday, March 6-7.  First pitch is slated for 6pm both days.