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Baseball loses opening Peach Belt seriesBy Brian Beck
Assistant Sports Editor
The visiting USC Spartans took the first Peach Belt series from the Braves, two games to one, in baseball action on Feb. 17 and 18 at Sammy Cox field.
Andrew Runion was the first to score for the Spartans after a passed ball. After that, Kyle Bowley, Casey Rivers, Kory Morian, Jake Rollins and John Caddell would cross the plate for the Spartans.
Adams’ double extended his hitting streak to eight games.
Scott Eckard (3-0) would earn the win for the Spartans after pitching the complete game, striking out seven and walking two while only giving up one earned run.
Game two of the double-header started fast, with the Spartans leading off the game by scoring a run in the first on a Bret Hansen RBI single.
The Spartans would come up in the second and score four more runs of their own and add one more in the third to take the score to 6-2 Spartans.
The Spartans would go on to score four more, making the final score 10-4 Spartans.
The final game of the series took place on Feb. 18 and started slower than the first two. No runs were scored until the bottom of the third inning after a Chris Beck double and a Derek Funk single to drive him home.
In the top of the sixth, the Braves would bring in Jacob Allen to relieve Dave Cockroft.
After a scoreless ninth, the game went into extra innings.
Morales ended up scoring the game-winning RBI after smashing a single down the right field line to bring Funk home.
The Braves finished their season-opening 11-game homestand with a 9-2 record (1-2 conference). The Spartans improved their record to 8-3 on the weekend (2-1 conference).