The Jags scored 40 runs over three days to pummel the Claflin panthers. Christopher Rickerson/Augusta Good News
The Jags scored 40 runs over three days to pummel the Claflin panthers. Christopher Rickerson/Augusta Good News

Jags bat in 40 runs in three-game series with Claflin St. Paddy’s weekend

The Augusta Jaguars’ baseball team scored 40 runs in three games, finishing up the Peach Belt Conference series sweep versus Claflin University on Sunday, March 17.

Augusta began the series with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 16. In the first game, Kyle Lodise scored the first runs of the series with a two-run homerun in the bottom of the first inning.

The Augusta University Jaguars swept three from Claflin March 16-17. Christopher Rickerson/Augusta Good News

The Jaguars won game one 5-2 with Harrison Aulds and Jake Vachon hitting RBI singles and a solo homerun from Koby Ayala.

Will Cantrell started and pitched six innings for Augusta, striking out nine batters and only giving up one hit.

In the second game, Augusta exploded for 18 runs in 7 innings.

Lodise led the Jaguars with two hits and seven RBIs after hitting a grand slam in the third inning.

Zach Kwiatkowski and Luke Shahin also tallied two hits and a couple of RBIs in game two. The Jaguars finished with 14 total hits, winning game two 18-1 by mercy rule after 7 innings.

Robert Hunt got the win on the mound in game two, finishing with nine strikeouts and giving up only four hits.

In the final game of the series, the Jaguars bats stayed hot scoring another 17 runs.

Dylan Wanat, Lodise and Vachon all led Augusta with two hits in the 17-2 victory.

Harrison Aulds led the Jaguars with four RBIs after hitting a three-run homer in the second inning.

On the mound, the Jaguars pitchers combined for a seven inning no hitter with Gavin Zoeller earning the win with four innings pitched and striking out three batters.

Augusta baseball now moves to 6-3 in the Peach Belt Conference standings behind North Georgia who is 8-1.

The Jaguars will be back at home against Newberry College on Tuesday, March 19. First pitch will be at 6 p.m. Augusta’s next conference matchup will be March 22-24 as they compete on the road agains the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

Christopher Rickerson, an Augusta University graduate, has covered area sports for Augusta University, The Augusta Press and Augusta Good News. Subscribe to the Augusta Good News newsletter here.

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