Stillman Drops Game 3 to Middle Georgia, 12-5

Baseball – Sat, Apr. 3, 2021

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Stillman’s hopes for a consecutive upsets over No. 11 Middle Georgia fell apart late Saturday in a 12-5 loss at Tiger Field. The loss gives the Southern States Athletic Conference series to Middle Georgia, 2-1. 

  

The Tigers fell into a 4-0 hole in the top of the second inning as Middle Georgia used four hits, a walk and a hit batter to take the lead. JT Rice and Brandon Douglas each drove in a pair. 

 

In the bottom of the third, Bilal Whittle worked the base paths to score Stillman’s first run. After beating out a leadoff infield single, he stole second and took third on a wild pitch. Lazaro Rodriguez drove him in with a ground out to short. 

 

Starting pitcher Elijah Hammond allowed only one hit in each of the next four innings to keep the Tigers in striking distance. he finished the game with six innings pitched, allowing four runs off nine hits in the no decision.

 

Stillman tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring three runs on relief pitcher JT Shields. With one out, Russell Castleberry worked out of an 0-2 hole to double to right-centerfield. Ben Vowell drew a walk and Kelvin Reese was beaned in the left rib cage to load the bases. Whittle drove an 0-1 pitch up the middle to score two with two outs. A pickoff throw by Shields sailed into center field to score Reese and move Whittle to third. 

 

Alex Murray (1-2) took over on the mound in the seventh and was charged with the loss. JT Rice delivered a bases-loaded double to right to score three with two outs and regain the Knights’ lead, 7-4. Two more runs scored on a passed ball and error on the same play. Middle Georgia added three more runs in the eighth. 

 

The first two pushed across on a balk call against Jose Angles, and then a sac fly to right by Marquis Orozco. Ryan Wilson reached on an error and Justin Brooks doubled to center to set up the runs. Derick Stager hit a solo home run to left. 

Tre’n Dorsett delivered an RBI triple to deep right-center in the eighth to get one run back for Stillman. 

 

Caleb Lanoux (1-0) picked up his first win of the season, pitching 3.1 innings, allowing one run off three hits and striking out two. 

 

Brooks led Middle Georgia with a 4-for-5 day, Rice finished 3-for-5 with five RBI. 

 

Whittle hit 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored to lead Stillman. 

 

Stillman (2-17, 1-8 SSAC) is scheduled to travel to MUW for a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday, April 6

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