No. 9/10 Argos stay hot with series win over Shorter
by Kevin Almeida, Staff Writer
It is without question that the Argos have been flying as of late. With a record of 24-10 and 15-3 in conference play and a first-place lead in the Gulf South Conference, this team is beginning to look like a force to be reckoned with.
Hitting wasn’t an issue for the team in March, as the Argos combined to score 147 runs for the month. The dominance of senior pitcher Tony Kucera (6-0) has given them an edge, along with the stellar hitting of catcher Matthew Sullivan and the rest of the Argos’ bats.
Game 1: Argos 9, Hawks 4
UWF teed the series off with a double header on Saturday against Shorter. Tony Kucera got the job done on the mound for the Argos going seven innings while allowing just one earned run. Trevor Payne recorded a pair of RBIs over the first few innings, giving the Argos a 4-0 lead. After the Hawks trimmed the lead to 4-1, the Argos replied with five straight runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth, extending their lead to 9-1.
Shorter’s Victor Santana (5-1) dropped his first decision of the season after allowing eight runs (five earned) in five-plus innings. Jason Gonzalez picked up a pair of RBIs for the Hawks.
Argos collect the win 9-4 in the first game of the double-header.
Game 2: Hawks 3, Argos 1
This afternoon game stayed close throughout. The Argos stranded a total of 14 runners, and Hawks starter Jonathan Pintaro held his own. He received a no decision after walking seven but allowing just three hits on one run in four innings.
Kevin Ludden (2-0) earned the win in relief while Banks Woodley earned his first save of the season for the Hawks after retiring the side in the sixth and seventh. UWF drew 10 walks from the Shorter pitching during the contest but struggled to get anything else going.
Argos drop the second
game of double-header 3-1.
Game 3: Argos 11, Hawks 4
After a rainy Sunday afternoon, the Argos looked to secure another series win. Matthew Estrada and Isaac Phillips combined for five runs in this one as No. 9/10 UWF took the series against Shorter on Sunday. The Argos fell behind early 4-1, but managed to score 10 unanswered runs to silence the Hawks pitching.
Phillips, Joey Bend and Robert Lopez joined Farnell as the four Argos with two runs in the game. Estrada drove in three while Phillips drove in two. Each team finished with 10 hits. The Hawks committed five errors in the game while the Argonauts committed just one.
Jaydon Berry (1-6) suffered the loss for the Hawks allowing six runs in four innings of relief.
Argos take series against Hawks 2-1.
“The guys just kept fighting in their at-bats,” said UWF head coach Mike Jeffcoat. “(Shorter) was making pitching changes and had a bunch of different looks with right-handers and left-handers. It wasn’t a perfect day out here in terms of weather, but they found a way, and that’s what you’ve got to do.” The Argos (24-10, 15-3 GSC) will take on Montevallo (15-18, 12-9 GSC) Wednesday at Jim Spooner field and look to continue to contend. The stakes are high, but they are now the No. 9/10 ranked team in Division II college baseball.
Photo courtesy of GoArgos.com.