ALBANY - Finding themselves in a 6-2 deficit after two innings of baseball, the Cavaliers rallied and beat Georgia Perimeter College 9-7 in the first of a 4-game series with the Jaguars, at Darton today.
Starting pitcher TJ Roberts struggled on the mound and was replaced by freshman Taylor Ferringer after allowing 7 hits and 6 runs in 1.2 innings of work. Ferringer brought control to the Darton defense and allowed a single run in 4.1 innings.
"We didn't start out the way we wanted, but Taylor Ferringer came in and calmed the storm," Darton head baseball coach Scot Hemmings said.
But it was Eric Henderson who pitched the final 3 innings, allowing no runs and striking out two batters to get the win.
"Eric did what we signed him to do, today," Hemmings said.
Down 6-2, Darton showed some offensive spark led by Max Thomas in the 4th inning and brought themselves within a run of the Jaguar's lead, 6-5.
Ferringer allowed a run in the 6th inning, and the Jaguars took a 7-5 lead. Darton's offense lit up again in the 8th inning, and scored four runs thanks in part to a solid batting performance by Cody Ilgenfritz. Ilgenfritz, a freshman, had a 10-pitch at-bat before belting a line drive to right field that scored John Cable and moved Thomas to 3rd. Thomas would go on to score the tying run.
"Cody Ilgenfritz, to me, had the at-bat of the year," Hemmings said.
The Cavaliers also relied on their 3rd string catcher, Cole Bradley, who entered the game in the sixth inning and had a critical role in the Cavaliers' pitching success.
"He did a phenominal job," Hemmings said.
"It was a huge win for the morale of the team as we head into the post season," Hemmings said.
Darton will travel to Covington to finish the series at 8 p.m., Friday, and at a 1 p.m., double-header on Saturday.
The Cavs are 34-16 overall and 19-3 in GCAA play.