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Rams salvage split against SIAC foe Tigers

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

ALBANY -- Following a near shutout loss, 5-1, to Benedict on Saturday, Albany State baseball coach Edward Taylor said, "If we just correct the mistakes, we will be good the next game."

And that's just what they did, en route to a decisive victory over Benedict, 9-3, in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

The difference between Game 1 and Game 2 was hitting with runners in scoring position.

Early Saturday, the Rams only managed to score one run in their final at-bat despite having runners in scoring position in the first, third, and seventh innings. Benedict, on the other hand, piled up five runs in a flurry-filled fifth against Rams starter Joseph Duffy.

Duffy, who fell to 5-1 on the year, pitched the entire game and struck out six.

In Game 2, the Rams' big inning was a five-run third. David Lewis (7-4) was strong for the Rams on the mound in the win.

"In the first game, we came out here a little sluggish," said Rams shortstop William Smalls. "We didn't come out here with the intensity to get on top of these boys and get ahead. In the second game, we felt like we should make up for it."

Smalls was one of the Rams who stepped up, going 2-for-3, with two hits and two runs scored.

Smalls wasn't alone, however. Eddie Mathis found the zone in Game 2, going 3-for-4 with an RBI.

De'Marcus Price also homered in the second game. Price who went 2-for-3, with two RBI in the nightcap, said, "In the second game we came out with a more positive attitude. We won every inning and did every fundamental thing we had to do to get the runners over and then some."

The doubleheader spilt leaves the Golden Rams 25-14 overall and a 14-2 record in the SIAC.

"We got the momentum going into the third game of the series," said Taylor in reference to the deciding game scheduled for 1 p.m. today at ASU. "We got to take the series, so that's what we are going to look to do."