MOBILE, Ala-- Shorter University out-slugged the University of Mobile 12-10 in NAIA baseball action Friday afternoon.
Mobile (25-16) hosts Shorter (32-11) for a 1 pm doubleheader Saturday to finish the series.
The game featured 22 combined runs, 30 combined hits, 10 combined errors and 24 combined runners left on base. Six pitchers appeared in the game and threw 330 combined pitches.
Lee Verweel picked up the win in relief for the Hawks by limiting Mobile to 0 earned runs (2 runs) on 2 hits and 2 walks in 3.1 innings. Eric Doty grabbed the save with 2 innings of 2-hit, shutout ball. Corey Fountain took the loss for Mobile after surrendering 5 earned runs on 6 hits in 1.2 innings of relief.
Justin Beck went 3-4 at the top of the Mobile lineup, Sam Mahoney finished 2-6 with 3 RBI, Cody Barber went 2-6 with 2 runs scored and Josh Blaylock finished 3-4 with 2 RBI.
Shannon Houston led Shorter at the plate, going 3-5 with 4 RBI and a homer, while Blake McCullers finished 2-5 with 2 RBI.
Mobile started the game by jumping on Shorter ace Brick Carter for 5 2-out runs in the 1st as 11 hitters batted. Sam Mahoney and Ryan Waltman went back-to-back with 2-run doubles to do the bulk of the damage. Mobile tacked on single tallies in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings to lead 8-4 after 4.
In the 5th, momentum shifted to Shorter, as the Hawks put up 3 runs thanks to Houston's 2-run blast before tacking on 4 more in the 6th thanks to a pair of Mobile errors.
The Rams rallied, getting a pair of runs in the 7th thanks to 4 Shorter miscues, to head into the 9th down 12-10. With only 1 out, the Rams loaded the bases, but Doty induced a grounder to get the force at home and then made the play on a slow roller for the final out.