February 28, 2005
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SOUTHWEST BASEBALL TEAM TAKES TWO OF THREE FROM HIWASSEE
Written by Keith Gentry
The Southwest baseball defeated Hiwassee twice in a three-game series
over the weekend at Tony Gagliano Memorial Field, improving its record
to 9-6 overall and 3-3 in the Tennessee Junior and Community College
On Friday, the Saluqis broke a scoreless tie by scoring four runs in the
bottom of the seventh and held on to defeat Hiwassee 4-2. Sophomore
Shane Jackson (Bolton High School) pitched an outstanding game, allowing
five hits and one earned run in eight innings. Freshman closer Ivan
Nails (Horn Lake, MS) recorded the final three outs to earn the save.
The Saluqis won the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader by a score of
5-4, then lost the final game of the three game series by an identical
5-4 margin. In the win, Southwest scored three runs in the bottom of the
first inning, then added single runs in the third and sixth innings.
Freshman rightfielder John Thurston (Belair, MD) drove in runs with a
double in the first inning and a single in the third. Sophomore Blake
Dickson (Lawrence, KS) picked up the win, his first as a Saluqi, while
Nails earned his second save of the series and his third of the season.
In the final game, Southwest jumped to a 4-1 lead after three innings,
but couldn’t hold on as the Saluqis allowed four runs in the sixth
inning en route to a 5-4 loss. Top hitters in the game were leftfielder
Brit Vincent (Bowling Green, KY), who went 3 for 4 with a double and one
RBI, and centerfielder Chris Rogers (Bolton High School), who had three
singles and also drove in a run.
The Saluqis return to action on Tuesday, March 1 in a 3 p.m. single game
against Northwest-Shoals Community College (AL) at Gagliano Field. This
weekend, Southwest travels to Jackson, Tennessee to take on Jackson
State Community College in a three-game conference series. The two teams
will play a single game at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 4, followed by a noon
doubleheader on Saturday, March 5.