AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta University baseball team opened the Peach Belt Conference series with the UNC Pembroke Braves on Friday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium and stole a 7-5 game on an eighth-inning comeback.
The Jaguars (8-10, 3-4 PBC) hit three home runs against UNCP (15-6, 1-3 PBC) in the first outing of the three game series as they outhit the Braves 12-9.
Freshmen Adam Spurlin and Carrington Evans each went 2-4 to combine for three RBI and senior Cole Janousek was 3-5 to lead the Jags with two RBI. Janousek had the go-ahead hit with a two outs in the eighth to will AU to the win.
In start number five on his senior year, Tristan Jones logged six innings and struck out three while allowing eight hits for five runs. Senior Cody Pugh (2-0) came in and pitched two innings to get the win before senior closer Joey Stillwell closed the ninth inning with his third save of the year.
Anthony Burke started his sixth game for UNCP and went 5.2 innings. Burke ranks second in the PBC for earned run average and the Jags totaled 10 hits for four runs off the righty. Jesse Stinnett (2-3) got the loss for the Braves
Stibel Aleman Saba blasted a two-run leftfield homer in the second inning for the Braves and they added one more on a Roberto Rivera RBI triple for a 3-0 lead after three innings.
Augusta spoiled Burke's shutout in the fourth inning when junior Ty Hobbs hit a towering solo homer over the leftfield wall to make it 3-1. The long ball worked well for the Jags as freshmen Adam Spurlin and Carrington Evans knocked back-to-back bombs in the sixth to bring AU within one. It was the first home run for Spurlin and Evans in their early collegiate careers.
Down 5-4, Augusta carded three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Roberts tied the game with an RBI single and Janousek came up huge with two outs steal a 7-5 lead.
On Saturday AU hosts the annual cancer awareness game. The game serves to raise awareness and funds for cancer research! All proceeds and donations go directly to the Georgia Cancer Center at AU. Cancer survivors will be recognized and throw out the ceremonial first pitch while.
The Jags will welcome Operation Teammate as well for Saturday's game. Op. Teammate provides an opportunity for sports teams to welcome children of military parents as honorary teammates during times of separation and deployment. Kids will lineup with the teams for the national anthem, run the bases, meet the teams and get autographs!
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