PEMBROKE, N.C. – The Augusta University baseball team opened a Peach Belt Conference series at 21st nationally-ranked UNC Pembroke on Friday night and won 18-16 in an offensive battle.
The Jaguars (2-6,1-3 PBC) totaled 19 hits to UNCP's 15 to win the first game of the road series.
The Braves scored first with a run in the second, but Augusta answered with three in the third. UNCP took one back with another lone run in the third, but AU jabbed back again and took a 7-3 lead after scoring in the fourth and four in the fifth.
Augusta exploded for seven runs in the top of the sixth on four hits – highlighted by Mason Robertson's three-run homer.
UNCP wasn't done and plated five in the seventh and six in the eighth to take the lead. AU tied it 16-16 in the ninth and took a lead when Timothy Gray and Robertson hit singles. The Jags held off the Braves and stranded runners in the ninth to win 18-16.
Augusta used eight pitchers in the game.
The PBC series continues on Saturday, Feb. 17 with game two of the series scheduled for a
Augusta hosts Valdosta State on Wednesday, Feb. 21 for a 4:00 p.m. single non-conference contest at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
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