Ausar Rankin (Rockingham Community College) and Owl pitchers shined in Statesville’s 6-0 win over the Mooresville Spinners
Drew Colvin (Rockingham Community College) earned the win by striking out seven Spinners in his four and one-third innings, allowing five hits but no walks or runs.
Mooresville played six pitchers. Starter Isaiah Nino (Mars Hill College) suffered the loss in his five innings, striking out four and allowing two runs on four hits and two walks.
Spinner batters produced eight hits and created scoring opportunities but left 10 men on base.
Seth McAulay (Western Carolina University) seemed to get things off on a positive note for Mooresville in the first with an apparent double off the wall in center field, but Rankin beat McAulay with a throw to second base to record the out. Two Colvin strikeouts then ended the inning.
Statesville scored first in the third inning. After RJ Conner (Catawba Valley Community College) was hit by a pitch, Luke Orr (Newberry College) then made one of his three hits, an RBI triple off the wall in right field putting the Owls ahead, 1-0.
Conner batted 2/4 with two RBIs. His solo home run in the fifth inning extended Statesville’s lead to two runs.
With a Spinner on second base in the fifth inning, Rankin made the defensive highlight of the game making a running grab while colliding with the wall in centerfield to record out No. 3.
Sixth inning walks from Owls Grayson Chapman (North Carolina Greensboro) and Orr and a base hit from Kelsey Weems (Rockingham Community College) loaded the bases, and Conner Driscoll (North Greenville University) drew a two-out walk to bring in Statesville’s third run.
Statesville padded its lead in the final inning. Driscoll hit a double into right field, and Conner’s ground ball single tallied a run. Orr hit a double scoring Conner. And Rankin followed by slamming a pitch off the foul pole in left field for what should have been ruled a home run, scoring one Owl run instead of two.
Three strikeouts from Hunter Dula (Wingate University) gave him the save and closed Statesville’s convincing road win.
The Spinners were scheduled to play the Piedmont Pride Friday and the Concord Athletics Saturday. Results of those games were not available in time for Sunday's edition.
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