MILLINGTON, Tenn. – The Huntingdon baseball team scored six runs in the top of the ninth inning to get by fifth-ranked Webster University 9-6 on Saturday night.
It was the Hawks' second game of the day against a top-10 team. Huntingdon (8-2) opened the day with a 4-3 loss to seventh-ranked Rhodes College.
Against Webster (1-1), Huntingdon trailed 6-3 after eight innings before taking control in the ninth. Patrick Kucera led off the inning with a walk, Alec Raley was hit by a pitch and Anthony Spivey singled to load the bases.
Kucera scored on a Luke Ates fielder's choice to make it a two-run game and Cheston Wesson singled to score Raley and make it a 6-5 game. An RBI single by Hunter Bower scored Gunnar Peters to tie the game before Coleson Taylor's two-run double scored Mason Throneberry and Bower to give the Hawks an 8-6 lead. Taylor scored the final run on an RBI single by Kucera.
In the bottom of the ninth, Throneberry took the mound and earned the save. Throneberry forced a ground out to third and gave up a single before getting a strikeout and a pop out to end the game.
Taylor was one of four Hawks with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs. Kucera was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, Wesson was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run and Spivey was 2-for-6 with an RBI.
Raley and Bower each had an RBI and a run, Ates had one RBI and Throneberry and Peters each had one run.
Against Rhodes, the Hawks built a 3-0 lead in the first three inning before the Lynx (5-4) rallied with two runs in the fifth inning and two runs in the seventh. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Hawks.
Zach McGrady (2-1) took the loss in 6 2/3 innings, striking out five, walking four and allowing four hits and three earned runs.
Huntingdon returns to action at home on Tuesday at 5 p.m. against Oglethorpe.