The Hawks (11-13, 5-4 Southern States Athletic Conference) shut out the Lions (7-16, 2-7 SSAC), 10-0, in Game 1 to earn the Sunday sweep and take two of three in the weekend series.
In the nightcap, Kurtis Robinson hit an RBI double and Shannon Houston an RBI single to stake the hosts a 2-0 lead after one inning. Joey Taylor laced an RBI double to the gap in the second inning before Johnson followed with his two-run double.
Shorter next plays Mid-Continent at home on Tuesday in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
Berry swept at Southern Poly
The Berry baseball team lost a pair of close games — 5-4 and 3-1 — in a road doubleheader at Southern Polytechnic on Sunday. The losses dropped the Vikings to 11-9 this season, while the series sweep gave the Hornets a record of 25-2.
In the first game, Berry had a 4-3 lead before SPSU rallied for two runs in the sixth inning to get the win. Mason Heller had the key hit, a two-RBI double that gave the hosts the 5-4 lead.
In the nightcap, the Hornets once again scored late to spoil a solid pitching performance, this time from Berry’s Casey Gray (1-2). The freshman started the game and threw five innings allowing just one run and three hits before leaving with a no-decision.
Berry next faces Shorter in a three-game series starting on Friday at 1 p.m., followed by a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday.
Bengtsson places third, Hawks place 10th
Shorter College got a third place individual finish from junior Arvid Bengtsson en route to a 10th-place finish out of 18 teams at the 21st Annual Eagle Invitational hosted by Embry-Riddle University at Pelican Bay North in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Bengtsson, who shot an opening round 72 on Saturday that put him in a tie for fourth, fired a one-under 71 in his second round early Sunday before concluding with a 78 later on in the day.
No. 12 Lady Hawks bow out of Gulf Shores Invite with semifinal loss to No. 16 Lee
No. 12-ranked Shorter College got three hits and an RBI from sophomore Charlsie Broome and two hits and a pair of RBI from senior Hannah Strength, but 16th ranked Lee University scored three runs in the eighth inning, all with two outs, to earn a 10-9 upset of the Lady Hawks in the semifinals of the Gold Bracket in the Gulf Coast Invitational in Gulf Shores, Ala., on Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Hawks (19-5), advanced to the Gold Bracket by going 3-1 in pool play at the three-day event, and beat Southern States Athletic Conference foes Faulkner University and Brenau University, 5-4 and 2-0, respectively, in the first two rounds of bracket play on Sunday morning to make the semifinal round.
Shorter closed out the Gulf Shores Invite with a 5-2 record.
In its contest with Lee, Shorter held a 7-6 lead after its half of the seventh in a seesaw affair that witnessed several lead changes throughout the regular seven innings. Libby Munson entered in relief of freshman and starter Jessica Penney in the bottom of the seventh as the Lady Hawks pinned two outs on the Lady Flames after a leadoff walk, but Lee forced extras with a run off a bobbled grounder.
Shorter went ahead 8-7 in the eighth when Kara Pollock scored on an error and Broome followed with an RBI single that plated Amanda Albertson to put the Lady Hawks up 9-7, but Lee responded with four straight hits after Shorter had posted two outs in the bottom half of the eighth en route to stealing the 10-9 victory.
The Lady Hawks next travel to Columbia, S.C., to take on Columbia College.