FLORENCE, S.C. (March 17, 2019) – At Sparrow Stadium over the weekend, the Tech Stingers swept USC Salkehatchie 4-0 and 15-5 on Saturday and 6-4 and 9-7 on Sunday.
During the opening game on Saturday, the Tech Stingers defeated USC Salkehatchie 4-0 with Will Abbott pitching on the mound. Abbott threw a complete game shutout as he pitched for seven innings, allowing only six hits. Abbott struck out eight batters and only walked one. Edward Landron, Sophomore Michael Elijah, Grant Bodison, Alex Stennett and Chase Galloway each had a single, accounting for the team’s five hits.
In the second matchup on Saturday, USC Salkehatchie jumped out to an early 4-0 lead by the end of the top of the second inning; however, the Tech Stingers answered back with two runs in the bottom of the second and eight runs in the third. Each team scored a run in the fourth inning, and the Tech Stingers put the game away by scoring four runs in the sixth.
Nat Turner won the game on the mound for the Tech Stingers in the 15-5 victory. He pitched for 2.1 innings, only allowing four hits and a run. Turner also struck out two batters. Daniel Rutherford came into the game for relief as he pitched for two innings. Patrick Baggett led the way at the plate as he was 3-for-4 with three singles, a walk, a run and four RBI. Elijah and Danny Grillo were both 2-for-3. Elijah had three runs, while Grillo had two runs and two RBI. Ryan Moore was 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBI. Landron had a triple.
On Sunday, the Tech Stingers took an early two-run lead in the first game of the day. USC Salkehatchie tied the game in the top of the second inning, but the Tech Stingers tacked on another run to retake the lead. In the fifth inning, the Tech Stingers scored two additional runs. USC Salkehatchie scored their final two runs in the sixth inning, followed by an additional run by the Tech Stingers in the bottom of the sixth.
Timmy Felder won on the mound as he struck out three batters and allowed three hits in five innings. Nathan Barolet got the final four outs of the game to earn the save. Baggett was 3-for-3 in the batter’s box with two doubles, a triple and two RBI. Stennett was 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs and an RBI. Ryan Moore, Landron and Damond Nixon had a hit a piece.
To cap of the weekend, the Tech Stingers defeated USC Salkehatchie 9-7; however, the win didn’t come easy. USC Salkehatchie made the game 7-1 in the third inning, but the Tech Stingers were able to tack on eight runs between the fifth and sixth innings to capture the win.
Peyton Evans won the game on the mound after pitching for 3.1 innings, allowing two hits, three hits and striking out a batter. Throughout the game, the Tech Stingers amassed 14 hits. Moore, Landron, Cameron Dean, Stennett and Hunter Baker led the team with two hits each. Baggett, Mark Engel, Grillo and Nixon had a hit as well.
The Tech Stingers now have a winning record of 20-8.
On Wednesday, March 20, the Tech Stingers will travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to plat Mercer County in the Ripken Experience at 2 p.m. The Tech Stingers will play Fulton-Montgomery at Old Cormell Field on Thursday, March 21 in a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m.