HARTSVILLE, S.C. – After a 14 game home stretch, the Augusta University baseball team hit the road for the first time of the 2019 season on Tuesday with a non-conference game at Coker College. The Jaguars scored double-digit runs for the sixth time this season in a 14-6 victory.
Augusta (8-7) built a 5-0 lead over Coker (6-7) after the second inning. Senior Zack Goble drew a bases-loaded walk in the first inning and sophomore Trent Maddox and senior Harrison Moore each delivered two-run singles in the next at bat for the big advantage. In the fourth, Augusta sophomore Carrington Evans tripled to score senior Patrick Watson and freshman Ben Markiewicz ripped an RBI single to right field that drove in Evans for a 7-0 lead.
The Jags blew it open and won big, despite the Cobras outhitting Augusta 14-12. Jags junior Jose Nogueras hit a three run homer, Maddox totaled six RBI on two hits, and Moore and senior Devin Bilardello added two hits in the slugfest.
Freshman Tripp Church (2-0) made his third start and sixth appearance for the Jaguars on the mound. Church went two innings in the start and struck out three while keeping the Cobras scoreless on three hits. Freshmen Alex Colon and Chase Horton took over for Augusta on the mound, before senior trio Aron Chick, Zack Goble, and Tony Jones shut it down.
Augusta plays at Columbus State in Columbus, Ga., March 1-3 for a Peach Belt Conference series. The Jags play game one against the Cougars on Friday, March 1 at 6:00 p.m.
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