COLUMBUS, GA - Sam Judah was 4-for-5 to lead No. 5-seed Auburn-Montgomery to a 9-2 victory over Eighth-seeded Emmanuel in the first elimination game of the Southern States Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament at Golden Park on Friday.
The Senators (26-23) will advance to play at noon on Saturday against the loser of the Faulkner vs Southern Polytechnic game. The Lions (10-43) are eliminated from the tournament having lost twice.
Behind Judah's hot batting, the Senators out-hit the Lions 14-5, however some stingy defense by Emmanuel kept AUM off the board until the sixth inning. The Lions held a 2-0 lead in the second inning, after Luis Bomback hit a two-RBI single.
Justin Williams cut the lead in half when he led off the sixth inning with a solo home run. After tying the game on a sacrifice fly, the Senators took the lead thanks to a key error and capped the four-run inning with an RBI double from Judah.
Taking the lead was all that Senator's starter Aaron Elmore (3-1) needed, as he threw the full nine innings, striking out seven along the way. Starter Josh McCurry (0-10) threw five and two-thirds innings in the loss for the Lions.
The AUM defense was solid behind Elmore turning three doubles plays. Both sides showed a knack for turning two as their were a combined five double plays in the game.
In the eighth inning, the Senators broke it open as Williams singled with the bases loaded driving in a pair of runs and allowing a third to score on a throwing error by the Lions. Williams ended up on third and eventually came in to score as AUM posted five runs in the frame.
Williams was 2-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs and scored twice. Arrighi was 2-for-4 and Bruce Alter was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Eric McGee was the only Emmanuel player with multiple hits, as he went 2-for-4.