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February 22, 2014

Fast Start Leads Baseball to Season-Opening Win

Auburndale, Fla. - The Franklin College baseball team scored nine runs in its first three innings for a season-opening 10-3 victory over St. Joseph's College (N.Y.) at the RussMatt Classic from Auburndale, Florida.

The Grizzlies built s 9-0 advantage by scoring three runs in the first inning, adding four runs in the second frame and having two runs in the third inning.

Senior Scott Windler (Lafayette, Ind./Lafayette Central Catholic) led the offensive attack, going 2-for-4 with four runs batted in. Junior Mitch Frey (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) drove in three runs with two hits. He also scored two runs.

Junior Jameson Brock (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) and sophomore Chase Steinbrunner (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) also scored two runs in the victory.

Benefiting from the offense barrage was senior starting pitcher Chris Hoopingarner (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central), who tossed seven quality innings to pick up the victory. The left hander struck out seven batters and allowed two earned runs.

Junior Lincoln Jones (Ramsey, Ind./North Harrison) and senior Hal Enkoff (Columbus, Ind./Columbus East) each tossed a scoreless inning in relief.

Frey quickly put the Grizzlies on the scoreboard with a run-scoring triple to plate Brock in the bottom of the first inning. Windler followed with a single to center field to score Frey. Franklin took a 3-0 lead on a groundout from junior Tyler Ison (Whiteland, Ind./Whiteland Community).

In the second inning, Frey drew a bases-loaded walk before Windler hit a sacrifice fly to give Franklin a 5-0 advantage. A two-run double by sophomore Joe Ardizzone (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) capped the four-run second inning.

Later, Windler legged out a triple to push home two additional runs in the third inning.

Four of Franklin's eight hits went for extra bases, including three triples.

The pitching staff held St. Joseph's (1-2) to four hits in the contest.

Franklin returns to action on Sunday, February 23 at 12:30 p.m. for a doubleheader against preseason No. 21-ranked Augustana College from Winter Haven, Florida.