WINTER PARK, Fla. – Jason Turner had the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the eighth and Autrey Gates tossed a complete game shutout as the Hawks picked up their fourth-straight win with a 2-0 victory over Concordia College on Friday morning.
The Hawks improve to 5-6 overall and wrap up their Florida trip tomorrow morning when they take on the Clippers (0-10) again at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Fla. at 10 a.m.
Gates threw 127 pitches over nine innings of work, scattering five hits and only walking one batter with nine strikeouts to pick up the win.
Jason Turner went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Hawks, while Shaine Carpenter and John Marculitis each went 1-for-3 with Carpenter scoring the other run. Max Wadington added a 1-for-4 day, while Matthew Flynn and Nick Bragole both went 1-for-5.
Saint Anselm threatened in the first two innings by getting runners into scoring position, but both frames ended with double plays leaving the Hawks off the scoreboard. The Hawks had a chance again in the fifth after Flynn doubled to right field and Vincent Fortini reached third, but the inning ended on a groundout.
Gates continued to hang zeroes on the scoreboard, as he didn't even allow a base runner to reach second base until the bottom of the seventh inning. The Clippers put runners on first and second, but Gates got a line out and then struck out the next batter he faced to end the threat.
Shaine Carpenter led off the eighth with a single up the middle and was sacrificed into position by John Marculitis. Turner followed with a single up the middle to score Carpenter and put the Hawks on top 1-0. After an out, Jon McQuarrie worked a walk to put runners on first and second, and Turner came around to score on a throwing error to give the Hawks a 2-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the eight, the Clippers strung back-to-back singles together with one out in the inning. Gates forced a groundball to short that turned into a double play and kept the Clippers from scoring again.
After a quiet top of the ninth, Gates got the final three outs of the game to earn his first win of the season.
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