Harris sets record in 2-0 win over Georgia Southwestern
By Michael MacEachern
Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Communications
McLain Harris pitched a complete-game shutout as Young Harris College defeated Georgia Southwestern State University 2-0 in a Peach Belt Conference baseball game Sunday (May 1) afternoon at Hurricane Stadium.
The Mountain Lions improved to 33-16 overall and 17-10 in the Peach Belt, while the Hurricanes fell to 25-24 and 17-10. Both teams will advance to the quarterfinals of the PBC Tournament that begins Friday (May 6). Tournament pairings will be released by the PBC office.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE:
Harris allowed just four hits and struck out 10 - despite nearly having to sir through a 90-minute rain delay in third inning - as he improved to 8-3 on the season.
Harris only allowed one runner to reach third and only two others to reach second base.
Harris, who retired 11 consecutive batters in one stretch, retired the side in order five times.
Harris, who holds the school record in saves with 24, became the all-time winningest pitcher in YHC's four-year era with 18.
The Mountain Lions, who only had five hits, pushed across two runs in the eighth inning.
Jackson Jones and Steven Spell started the eighth inning with singles and then moved to second and third base after a wild pitch. After Mark Castle was intentionally walked to load the bases, Aaron Copeland was hit by a pitch to give YHC a 1-0 lead. Kyle Ayers followed with an RBI ground out.
Spell led the Mountain Lions with two hits, while Ethan Underwood, Castle and Jones had one each. Castle had the lone extra-base hit - a double to right in the second inning - by either team.