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April 18, 2013

Hornets Sting SCR-I in 13-2 Baseball Defeat

Austin Thrasher fires a pitch toward home plate during the Tigers home loss to Atlanta on Monday evening.

The Tigers baseball team followed Monday's weather pattern in the flow of that evening's home baseball contest versus Atlanta.

SCR-I got off to a good start. Starter Austin Thrasher worked out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the first inning.

In the bottom of the frame, the Tigers took a 2-0 lead. Zach Miller led off with a walk and came in to score on a double by Thrasher. An RBI single by Tyler Buford plated the SCR-I pitcher to put the home team on top.

But as Mother Nature blew a cold front through town on Monday, the Tigers baseball fortunes also turned frigid.

Atlanta took advantage of a key two-out error on the Tigers to plate three unearned runs in the top of the second.

As the cold north wind chilled the crowd, the game quickly was blown open by the Hornets.

The visitors tacked on three more runs in the third, taking advantage of a pair of walks and another SCR-I fielding miscue to make it 6-2.

SCR-I had singles by Cordie Kigar, Thrasher and Buford in the third inning, but base running miscues by SCR-I saw all three erased without a run crossing the plate.

The deficit expanded to 10-2 with the Hornets pouring on four more runs in the fourth inning.

The Tigers' bats cooled off over the final three innings, as Scotland County managed just a pair of base runners.

Atlanta made it 11-2 in the fifth and finally closed out the contest in the sixth inning against reliever Cordie Kigar as an error allowed two runs to score to end the game by the 10 run rule,

Thrasher took the loss for SCR-I, allowing 11 runs, nine earned, over five innings of work. He surrendered nine hits and walked seven while striking out nine. Kigar allowed two unearned runs on a hit and a walk while striking out one in one inning of relief.

Thrasher was 2-3 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. Buford also went 203 with an RBI.

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