TIFTON -- It was the kind of evening for the Abraham Baldwin Stallions baseball team that had the best news being the performance of relief pitcher Joseph Jones.
Facing off against the Rend Lake (Ill.) College Warriors, the Stallions were swept 10-3 and 12-1 in a Tuesday doubleheader.
"They swung the bats as well as any team we have seen this year," ABAC coach Steve Janousek said. "They came in here loaded for bear."
The first inning of game-two saw ABAC starter Carl Puckett give up a hit. A Warrior runner then reached on an error. That put runners at second and third with nobody out. However, Puckett appeared to be on his way out of the jam, getting two quick outs without a run scoring. But, a two-out hit then scored one run.
After ABAC's Jordan Towns scored a run on an error in the bottom of the second, Rend Lake scored four runs in the third and seven more in the fourth to take command of the game.
Puckett went three-and-a-third innings, allowing all 12 runs, eight of which were earned.
With runners at first and second and one out in the fourth, Jones came in to relieve Puckett. The freshman got out of the fourth with no further runs scoring and then came in and struck out the side in the fifth.
That was the last inning as the game was called due to the 10-run "mercy" rule.
"Joseph came in and did a great job for us," Janousek said of the freshman who went one-and-two-thirds innings, striking out four along the way.
The ABAC coach added, "Carl didn't pitch that badly, but we just didn't give him any help out there."
Zach Watkins, Nick Copeland, Will Tyre and Towns had one hit apiece for ABAC in game two. Towns' hit was a double.
In game one, the Stallions could never get on track as Rend Lake cruised to the victory.
Copeland and Brandon Marcus each had two hits in that game for ABAC. Watkins, Shane Newmans and Luis Mora added one hit apiece for the Stallions.
"Rend Lake just came in and kicked us around and I am not making excuses. But, with the way we played today I think our minds were on spring break," Janousek said.
"We are going to get a couple days off and I think the guys minds were on that and not on these games today. Anyway, I certainly hope that was the case."
The Stallions will be back on the field Friday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against John Wood Community College. ABAC will then travel to Douglas this weekend for a three-game Region XVII series against South Georgia College.
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