HARROGATE, Tenn. — Each of the Railsplitters’ nine starters logged at least one hit as Lincoln Memorial exploded for 12 runs in a three-inning stretch to rally for a 13-8 win over the Shorter Hawks in non-conference baseball action on Tuesday at Lamar Hennon Field. The Railsplitters improve to 21-11-1 with the win, while Gulf South Conference foe Shorter falls to 8-22.
The Railsplitters collected 10 or more hits for the seventh time in eight tries, scattering 13 hits with seven extra-base knocks. Ryan Burlison went 3-for-5 with two RBI, two runs and two stolen bases, while Jean Rodriguez plated three runs with two doubles and two runs scored. Kelvin Brito and Josh Coker each deposited two hits and two runs in the middle of LMU’s order with Brito notching his ninth home run and Coker blasting his 15th double. Scott Miller contributed two RBI with a double.
Lincoln Memorial sent eight arms to the mound, but it was Austin Pittman who picked up the win after the Railsplitters took the lead for good in the sixth frame. Pittman improved to 1-0 after tossing 1.2 scoreless innings in relief. Will Meek was LMU’s only pitcher to make an appearance without allowing a run as he was flawless with a strikeout in the top of the fourth.
The Hawks did nearly all of their damage in the first three innings, bulging out to a 4-0 advantage by the conclusion of the third stanza. Dylan Riner struck out but reached on a passed ball in the first, and he eventually scored on a double by Zach Santos. Santos later scored on a single by Ian Redetzky. Riner contributed another run for Shorter in the second with an RBI double and the Hawks added another tally in the third with a run-scoring single off the bat of Jacob Forrest.
The Railsplitters were completely handcuffed in the first three innings, recording only one hit. But Brito awoke the offense with a leadoff solo home run in the bottom of the fourth, sparking what would eventually be a five-run inning that propelled the Railsplitters to a 5-4 lead. Jean Rodriguez drove in two with a double into left center, while Miller plated two more with a two-bagger to left.
Shorter briefly tied the contest as Santos led off with a solo blast in the fifth, but the Railsplitters scrounged for four more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Burlison and Nick Morabito contributed run-scoring singles in that stanza. Lincoln Memorial added three insurance runs in the sixth as Colin Buckner and Kyle Floyd doubled in back-to-back at-bats to account for two runs, while Burlison singled in another.
The Hawks added two runs in the sixth and another in the ninth, but LMU’s 12-run three-inning stretch along with a RBI double off the bat of Rodriguez in the bottom of the eighth was enough to lead the Railsplitters to a 13-8 triumph.
Lincoln Memorial resumes South Atlantic Conference play this weekend with a three-game league set against Coker, the defending Southeast Region champs. The Railsplitters and Cobras open that series with a nine-inning tilt at 4 p.m. on Friday at Lamar Hennon Field.