Written by Ryan Bartels
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner (10-1) responded to last night’s second game loss with brutality at the plate in this afternoon’s doubleheader blasting of Shawnee State. The Eagles scored in five of nine innings in the 15-7 Game 1 victory before icing the Bears 9-0 in the seven-inning finale here at Harrison Field.
After posting three runs in the first inning Faulkner sparked a seven-run second inning with a leadoff homer from Deivy Palmeiro in the second.
Shawnee State logged two immediate outs before the Eagles lined up seven singles and capped the scoring spree with a bases-loaded walk to move into a 10-1 lead.
The Bears retaliated with six runs on five hits in the third inning, but the offensive threat stopped there.
Meanwhile, Faulkner delivered five more runs over the ensuing four innings to finalize the lopsided win.
Mike Peters anchored the Eagle defense for 2 2/3 innings in the opener and allowed five earned runs on as many hits while striking out four batters.
Tylier Campbell (1-0) locked down the win over the following 3 1/3 innings while allowing just two earned runs on three hits and booking a pair of strikeouts.
Jose Agosto and Tanner Disibio allowed no hits in two and one inning of work, respectively.
The second game looked much like the first, but with a scrappier Eagle defense.
Israel Fuentes (1-0) delivered five solid innings from the mound in the second game shutout. The sophomore right-hander fanned seven batters and allowed just three hits in five innings of work.
Preston Szuch and Tra’mayne Holmes each logged a no-hit inning from the rubber in the nightcap.
Holmes was even better at the pate for the Eagles going 5-for-7 with five RBIs and four runs on the day.
Reid Long was 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs in the series while Olivier Basabe was 3-for-5, drove in two runs and scored in the opener.
Palmeiro was 3-for-7 over two games and knocked in three runs while scoring twice, once in each game, on his own home runs.
Paolo Montezuma knocked in three runs on two hits in the second game while Luke Parker when 2-for-3 and scored.
Faulkner will hit the road for the first time this season Monday afternoon when it heads to Tuscaloosa to take on Stallman College. First pitch in the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.