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GSW's Smith shuts down Rams

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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Freshman Zach Smith didn't let the Albany State offense even get going Wednesday, snapping the Golden Rams' win streak at ten.

Smith (2-3) struck out nine, allowing only one run and three hits in the complete game, 6-1 victory.

"Pretty much all my pitches were just hitting the spots and they were just rolling over and getting out," he says.

"He had great command all night long," says GSW head coach Bryan McLain. "He wasn't wasting a lot of time. A complete game with under 100 pitches? You don't see that very often."

Stephen Eldridge blew the game open in the bottom of the 8th with a three-run homer to right. It was Eldridge's second HR of the season.

The story, though, was the performance of the freshman from Savannah.

Smith faced the minimum until the fifth inning, and retired the side in order six times.

"About the second or third inning, I felt things were going pretty good with it," Smith says.

He ran into a little trouble in the ninth. A walk followed by a double left runners on second and third.

The Rams would go on to score their lone run of the game on an Emmanuel Santos groundout.

GSW had activity in their bullpen throughout the ninth, but McLain says he never really considered pulling Smith.

"His pitch count was so low and we got those extra runs, why not run him back out there and let him get the complete game?" he says.

Andrew Bacon took the loss for the Golden Rams.

GSW hits the road for a three-game weekend series with Young Harris, while ASU will host Benedict.

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