TIFTON -- A day before having to travel to Cochran to face archrival Middle Georgia, the Abraham Baldwin Stallions baseball team beat the Briarcliff (NY) Seahawks 10-5 Thursday.
"Briarcliff has traveled all over the country and they are a good club. Beating them was a good way to get ready for Middle Georgia," said ABAC head coach Steve Janousek.
Wynn Carden was the winning pitcher for the Stallions.
The freshman started the game nearly perfect as Briarcliff's first base runner came with two outs in the fifth.
In the sixth, Carden did allow five runs. However, only two were earned due to errors by shortstop Shane Newmans and first baseman Justin Henderson.
Carden pitched seven innings and allowed six hits. He struck out six and walked one.
"He came to the team in January. He hadn't played in a couple of years, so he is just getting his feet under him," Janousek said of Carden.
John Keene pitched the final two innings for ABAC and allowed only a hit.
After scoring three runs in the second, ABAC put three more up in the fifth. The big blow was a double by Jarin Lewis that scored two runs.
In the sixth, ABAC scored two more runs. Tyrone Mingle plated one when he reached on an error, while Chad Ward got the other run in on a single.
The Stallions' scoring ended with two runs in the eighth. Both scored when the Briarcliff shortstop made a bad throw on a ball hit by Ryan Riles.
Tifton native Brett Williams led ABAC with a 3-for-4 performance. He also knocked in a run in the second.
ABAC will play Middle Georgia at 6 p.m. tonight in Cochran. Saturday the Stallions will face Middle Georgia in a 2 p.m. doubleheader.
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