Erskine center fielder Chase Corn triples in the third inning of the Flying Fleet's 14-1 victory against Newberry on Tuesday.
(Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
DUE WEST — Newberry College starting pitcher Will Robbins got a rude welcoming to Erskine's Grier Field on Tuesday afternoon.
Erskine's Chase Corn and Zach Smith hammered back-to-back home runs in the first inning to ignite a rout as the Fleet cruised to a 14-1 victory.
"Any time you can put good barrel on a pitcher like that, that guy is good, but he just left a couple balls up and we connected," Erskine coach Kevin Nichols said. "That gives everyone confidence, and it just snowballed."
Entering Tuesday's contest, Robbins had not given up a run in 9 2/3 innings while striking out 11 batters to just one walk.
Corn quickly changed that, though, in the bottom of the first inning. After a single by Andrew Kozak and a groundout by Brandon Overstreet, Corn slaughtered the first pitch he saw, hammering the offering deep into the trees beyond the right field fence to give Erskine a 2-0 lead.
Smith then made it 3-0 four pitches later. He fell behind 1-2 then fouled a fastball straight back into the netting. Smith lined the next fastball over the left field fence to follow Corn's example.
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