Trojans at .500 after sweeping MarionPublished 10:15am Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The Central Alabama Trojans are continuing their mid-season turnaround, as a sweep of Marion Military Institute has the defending NJCAA national champions at .500 for the first time all season.
CACC (12-12) defeated MMI 4-1 in game two of the teams’ three-game series and prevailed 3-1 in game three.
CACC won game one of the series 2-0 last Thursday.
Below are recaps of the weekend games:
CACC 4, MMI 1
In game two, the Trojans collected 11 hits while Shaun Smirnoff and Matt Norton kept MMI under control from the mound.
Smirnoff got the win, going 5.1 innings and allowing three hits.
Norton slammed the door on MMI, going the rest of the way and striking out three while allowing four hits and no runs.
CACC was down 1-0 entering the top of the fifth inning, where the Trojans tied things ups.
They added two more runs in the top of the sixth to claim the advantage and added one more run in the top of the ninth for good measure.
Jalin Lawson was 3-for-5 with a run scored, an RBI and two doubles. Ryan Smith, Spencer Ivey and Will Davis also collected one RBI each.
CACC 3, MMI 1
A collective effort from John Michael Knighton, Gabe Dees, Cody Kremer and Wilson Adams locked down MMI while the Trojans scraped together enough runs to take the victory.
CACC jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
MMI cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Trojans regains a two-run advantage in the next frame.
From that point, Marion’s offense was snuffed out.
Alex Lee and Zach Mayhew were the difference makers offensively for Central Alabama.
Mayhew had two RBIs on 2-for-3 hitting.
Lee hit a solo shot over the fence for his Alabama Community College Conference-leading fitfh home run.
Chase Domino was 2-for-4.
Pitching-wise, Knighton led the way with four of the team’s 10 strikeouts.
CACC returns to action today, when the Trojans face Shelton State on the road at 2 p.m.
The Trojans then return for a weekend home-stand versus Wallace State-Hanceville.