Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan soared around the Chowan Hawks in a 14-5 final score to pick up their third Conference Carolinas victory of the season Friday evening.
The Warriors recorded 17 hits in the victory with Conner Ewing and Timo Schau leading them with three hits. Four Warriors followed Ewing and Schau with two hits apiece. Four Warriors doubled during the game, and Jarred Jones and Ewing each had a home run. Schau led the Warriors with five of the 14 RBIs on the evening. He was followed by Ewing with four and Julio Justo with two. Three Warriors walked in the victory and Ewing had a sacrifice fly.
Aaron Bennett started the first game of the three game series against the Chowan Hawks. The sophomore went 5.2 innings while striking out five. Bryson Fowler came in to pitch in relief, picking up his first save of the season as he struck out three batters.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 14, Chowan 5
Records: Southern Wesleyan (11-12 / CC 3-6) Chowan (8-9-1 / CC 4-5)
Coach Gillespie says…
"A good, complete game to start the series. We got a good outing from Aaron Bennett and Bryson Fowler came in to close out the game with three solid innings. We had some key hits with runners in scoring position and we spread out our runs across the board. Timo Schau, Tanner Glass and Conner Ewing had some huge at bat's the entire game. Big day tomorrow and our focus needs to turn toward consistency in back-to-back days of the series."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan jumped out first in the game in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Julio Justo singled to third base and then advanced to second on a single to right field by Tanner Glass. With Justo on second and Glass at first, Conner Ewing hit a home run down the left field line to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead.
The Hawks countered in the top of the third inning to put two runs on the board and come to 3-2 behind the Warriors. However, it was short lived as the Warriors extended their lead in the bottom of the third. Jarred Jones led off with a single to left center. Jones advanced to third on a double to left field by Quinton Bent. With runners at the corners, Julio Justo doubled to center field to bring both Jones and Bent in and give the Warriors a 5-2 lead. Justo advanced to third as Tanner Glass singled to shortstop. Conner Ewing followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to bring Justo in and put Southern Wesleyan ahead 6-2.
Chowan countered in the top of the fifth as a single by Fry and a home run by Lanier brought three runs in. Southern Wesleyan countered in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend thier lead. Conner Ewing was hit by a pitch with one out and advanced to second as Ty King Richards reached first on an error by the shortstop. DJ Ludwick was hit by a pitch to load the bases. With the bases loaded, Timo Schau doubled down the right field line to bring three more runs in for the Warriors.
Southern Wesleyan attacked again in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, Tanner Glass singled to left field. Conner Ewing followed with a double down the left field line to move Glass to third base. With two runners in scoring positon, Ty King Richards walked to load the bases. DJ Ludwick reached first on an error to bring Glass in. Timo Schau followed with a single to left center to bring both King Richards and Ewing in and make the score 12-5.
A solo home run by Jarred Jones put the Warriors up 13-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning. But Southern Wesleyan was not done yet as they extended their lead to 14-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning. With two out, DJ Ludwick singled up the middle and advanced to third on a single by Timo Schau. With runners at the corners, Sean Sutay singled through the left side to allow the Warriors to win the game.
Southern Wesleyan will continue the three game series against the Chowan Hawks on March 16 at 1 and 4 p.m. They will remain at home on March 19 as they host the Anderson Trojans at 6 p.m. Southern Wesleyan will then travel to take on the Mars Hill Lions on March 20 at 3 p.m.