The weekend did not turn out well for the Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College baseball programs as both teams suffered being swept by visiting conference opponents.
The Panthers (8-10) lost three games to the Spring Hill College Badgers over the weekend starting with a doubleheader on Friday. The Badgers won the first game 8-2 behind a six inning, nine strikeout performance from freshman right-hander Lucas Kunkel.
In game two the Panthers only managed one run in a 4-1 loss. Badgers redshirt freshman pitcher Johnathan Williams was equally as good as Kunkel, pitching 6.2 innings and striking out eight Panthers hitters en route to his first win of the season (1-3).
On Sunday afternoon the Panthers scored the most runs in a single game during the weekend in a 22-7 loss to the Badgers. Spring Hill came into Atlanta without a conference win and left with three.
Badgers junior starter Austin Barrios earned the win, his second of the year, while the Badgers also got home runs from both Grayson Williams and Luke Wall.
Clark Atlanta will travel to Augusta this weekend to play two games on Friday and Saturday to play the Lions of Paine College.
Meanwhile, the Maroon Tigers’ losing streak was stretched to six games after losing three straight to Miles College on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday the Golden Bears won game one by a run, 7-6, despite falling behind 4-1 in the third inning. Miles College picked up five runs in the fourth inning to go ahead for good.
Morehouse junior Kristopher Skinner took the tough loss after giving up just one earned run in seven innings. The seven innings ties his season high. He also struck out three Golden Bears while walking just one.
In game two the Golden Bears won 14-9, going ahead 4-0 after the first inning and 8-1 after the first two innings of play. The Maroon Tigers found their bats in the seventh inning, scoring four runs following hits by Jordan Davis and Xavier Floyd.
Game three on Saturday was a bit like the first two the day before with Morehouse losing, this time by the score of 9-3. The Maroon Tigers scored first, a run in the first inning, but immediately fell behind by three runs in the second inning. They would be behind by as much as five runs by the start of the seventh inning.
Morehouse senior Anthony Dodd took his fourth loss of the season (1-4) after giving up 10 hits and five earned runs in six innings of work.
Morehouse will host Claflin (who recently announced that the athletic department will be leaving the SIAC for the CIAA at the end of the sports calendar year) for three games on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled to begin at noon with the second game to begin at 3 p.m. Sunday’s first pitch will be at 1 p.m.