Anderson University head baseball coach Don Brandon won his 1,000th career game on Sunday afternoon as the Ravens defeated Franklin College 6-3 in 10 innings. "It was exciting and the players were really into it," said Brandon, who received the water-cooler-over-the-head treatment after the game. "I've been blessed with good health in something I love to do. I love working for Anderson University. This wasn't something I set out to do, but if you coach long enough these things happen." After the game, Brandon was given the game ball and a cake as Anderson University president James Edwards, Brandon’s wife Janet and many family members were on hand. Brandon was also congratulated by several Franklin players and coaches.
AU has now won two-of-three games in their first three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series and stands at 6-3 in conference play and 12-12 overall.
The game was orininally started on Friday, but suspended due to lightning with the Ravens leading 3-1 after three innings. Franklin picked up single runs in the sixth and ninth to send the game into extra innings.
However, Aaron Woolsey's double led off the 10th inning and he later scored the eventual winning run when Eric Smith reached on an error. Andrew Butts had a sacrifice fly and Stephen Jones drove in another insurance run in the final inning.
Smith pitched the final 1.2 innings in relief, picking up the win. He didn't allow a hit while striking out three and walking two.
Peter Whiting, whose wife supplied the victory cake, led the offense with three hits and two runs while Smith added two runs scored.
AU hosts DePauw on Wednesday night at Victory Field. The game will be on the internet broadcast at 6 p.m. Cost is $2 and students with an ID are free.
The university will be celebrating this accomplishment at a special event on Friday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m. in the concourse of the Kardatzke Wellness Center. Coach Brandon will be honored for this outstanding achievement during his 35-year career at Anderson University. Afterwards come cheer the Ravens as they compete against Transylvania. Please mark your calendar and join us for this special recognition and reception on the game begins at 4 p.m. We hope to see you there.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.