AUGUSTA, Ga.- The Cobra baseball team bounced back from a tough 15-5 loss to USC-Beaufort on Tuesday with a dominating 18-1 win over Paine College on Wednesday afternoon. The non-conference win improves Coker to 17-15 on the year.
Matt Long (Florence, S.C.) (8-2) got his eighth win of the year against the Lions. He gave up just one run on three hits in two innings of work for the Cobras.
Leading the Cobras at the plate was sophomore catcher Gavin Bailey (Florence, S.C.). Bailey, normally the back-up catcher for Coker, was thrust into the starting line-up for the first time in his collegiate career and he made his presence felt. Bailey was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Brinley Griffin (Port St. John, Fla.) and Daniel Hiatt (Elwood, Ind.) each left themselves just a home run away from the cycle, with a single, a double and a triple each. Griffin drove in four runs with two stolen bases, while Hiatt scored four runs and drove in one. Jordan Buenting (Ankeny, Iowa) was the four Cobras with three plus hits, he finished the day 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Coker will return to the diamond on Saturday, March 27, to face Conference Carolinas foe Barton College in the first two games of a three game series against the Bulldogs at home starting at noon.