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April 16, 2013

Warriors lose a tough one to Garrard County

Somerset — Monday wasn’t a good day for the Southwestern Warriors baseball program.

Heading into Monday evening’s contest with Garrard County, Southwestern had won nine straight games. Unfortunately that would all change in Monday’s match-up, as the visiting Golden Lions took down the Warriors by a score of 3-2.

The loss was Southwestern’s first since March 23rd, when the Warriors fell to Franklin-Simpson on the road by a score of 6-5. With the setback to Garrard County, Southwestern’s record stands at 13-3. 

Also in the one-run loss to the Lions, Warrior head coach Alex Eaton was ejected by the home plate umpire in the top of the third inning. After Eaton left the playing field, assistant coach Michael Gover called the shots for the Warriors.

Southwestern jumped out to an early lead over the Lions, but they would not be able to hold for the win, keeping the Warriors from upping their winning streak up to ten games.

“We competed, but we’ve got to do better,” stated Gover. “We had runners on second and third with nobody out, and the heart of the order coming up. You need a fly ball or passed ball right there just to get the run across. You can’t take anything away from Garrard County, because they came out and they battled.”

The Warriors took an early, 1-0 advantage in the first inning after sophomore Jacob Burchett scored on a sacrifice from junior Trevor Stacey.

In the top half of the second frame, Garrard County plated a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead over Southwestern. The Lions added another run in the top of the third frame, allowing them to grab a 3-1 lead over the Warriors.

There was a lot of controversy that occurred in the top portion of the third frame, when Eaton was ejected while asking the umpire for an appeal. An appeal was asked for by Eaton to see if a Lion runner left second base early on a fly-out with two outs.

The Warriors responded with a lone run in the bottom of the third frame, allowing them to cut the Lion lead to a lone run at 3-2. Senior Logan Starnes, who reached on an error, tallied the Warriors’ second run of the contest on an RBI single from Zack Profitt.

Southwestern looked as if they would add some runs in the sixth inning after getting two runners on second and third base with no outs on the board. The Warriors, however, would get three outs before getting the game-tying run.

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