Express Overpower Turks 9-3

Written By Daniel Ware
Turks Intern

The Strasburg Express’ lineup proved to be too much for the Turks to handle Friday night as the Turks fell 9-3 at Veterans Memorial Park.

Strasburg (6-1) looked every bit as good as its 5-1 record suggested coming in to the game. The Express totaled 15 hits on the night, 13 of which were singles. And when they got on base, they were a nightmare for whoever was on the mound for the Turks, stealing seven bases.

Eric Yankey JMUJMU left-hander Eric Yankey started on the mound for the Turks tonight and struggled against the Express’ strong lineup. Seven of the nine batters for Strasburg tonight are hitting more than .300 to start the season, led by first baseman Dylan Ingram (Auburn), who is hitting .481.

The Express did all of its damage off Yankey in the second, scoring four runs on five hits—all singles. Second baseman Erick Delgado (North Georgia College) got things started with an RBI single, scoring Tyler Green (Vanderbilt). Delgado, the team’s No. 9 hitter, finished the night 2-4 with a game-high four RBI’s.

After trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Turks added on two runs after left fielder Tanner Dofflemyer (JMU) scored on a passed ball, and Tripp Shelton (UNCG) scored on a groundout by Ryne Sigmon (UNCG).

The Turks cut the deficit down to 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth after left fielder Jason Serchay (UTSA) singled off Strasburg starting pitcher Ryan Anderson (Florida A&M), scoring Mason George (UTSA) from second base.

Anderson pitched effectively throughout the night, allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks over six innings of work.

Yankey settled in to the game after the second inning, throwing four straight scoreless innings. He gave up nine hits, four runs, three walks and struck out five on 95 pitches over six innings before being replaced by right-hander Luke Glavin (Duke) to start the seventh.

Glavin struggled mightily with his command, walking the first two batters he faced on four pitches. After getting Green to fly out to left field, he walked Jeffery Scott (Bowling Green) to load the bases. Two batters later, Delgado hit a bases-clearing triple to right-center field to extend the lead to 7-3. Glavin ended the night allowing three runs on one hit and three walks over one full inning.

Georgia Tech right-hander Patrick Wiseman made his Turks debut in the eighth inning but the Express jumped on him, too, tallying five hits—all singles— and two more runs in the inning to make the score 9-3.

Left-hander Drew Avans (SE Louisiana) came in to close things out for the Express and struck out Ryne Sigmon to end the game.

The Turks (3-3) are on the road for their next four games, starting Saturday night against the Covington Lumberjacks at 7:00 p.m.