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Slow start proves costly for AUM Baseball in 16-6 loss

Tony Ruggiero drove in eight runs, four of which came on a grand slam, to lead No. 18 Judson University to a 16-6 victory over the Auburn Montgomery baseball team Wednesday.

AUM (11-12) allowed five runs in the first and six in the second and quickly fell behind 11-0. The Eagles (6-5) batted round in both of the first two innings and then added a run in the third to take a 12-0 lead heading to the bottom half of the third.

The Warhawks clawed back into the game with five runs in the home portion of the third. Trevor Sprowl drove in the first run of the game with a ball to second base, but Judson's Ryan Burke misplayed the grounder and gave AUM an additional out. After Hayden Hillyer was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Blake Bearded and Brett Wellman plated runs by working bases-loaded walks. Shelby Nobles and Lance Wilson added RBI singles to cap the scoring.

Bearden added a second RBI on the afternoon, when he singled in the fourth inning with one out and the bases loaded. Despite the rally, Eagles' starter Kenny Lowden retired the side to strand three AUM base runners. For the game, the Warhawks left 14 runners on base.

Judson put the contest out of reach in the seventh inning, scoring four runs, two of which came on a double by Ruggiero. Ruggiero finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

Bearden led the Warhawks at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and a run scored. Nobles, Hillyer and Michael Radoslovich also had two hits.

Jordan Pemble earned the win for the Eagles, as he tossed five scoreless innings of relief. Pemble allowed just four hits and issued two walks, while striking out one.

Kevin Franklin was tagged with the loss after lasting just 2/3 of an inning and allowing five runs, only one of which was earned. Chris Estes worked 4 2/3 innings of relief, allowing just two hits and striking out four. Josh Albritton and Chad Reeves combined to work the final 2 1/3 innings without allowing a run.

AUM will return to action Friday, March 7, when it hosts conference foe Southern Poly. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn Montgomery Athletics

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