EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Nick Stroud's record didn't fully show it, but he had become the Quincy University baseball team's tough-luck pitcher.
The Hawks had scored more than four runs in only two of the senior right-hander's first eight starts, including scoring just one run twice. Stroud had pitched well enough to ensure Quincy won six of those starts, but some run support would be welcome.
The Hawks provided plenty Saturday.
Quincy took the lead in the nightcap of the Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader against Southern Indiana with a four-run fourth inning, and senior shortstop Carter Naughton hit a grand slam in the fifth inning as the 12th-ranked Hawks completed the sweep with a 13-2 victory at the USI Baseball Field.
Stroud (5-2) lasted five innings, giving up one earned run and three hits while striking out six and walking three.
"Nick battled," QU coach Josh Rabe said. "He had been on back-to-back weeks of short rest. He wasn't as crisp velocity-wise, but he battled and gave us five innings. The bullpen backed him up. It was fun to see him not have his best stuff and still compete."
It was even better to see the offense back him up.
The Hawks had scored four total runs in Stroud's previous two starts and 15 total in his past four outings. This time, they had eight runs before he exited and finished with 13 runs on 15 hits with three home runs.
"He's usually that guy, the pitcher no one hits for," Rabe said. "Today it was a different story. It was good."
Quincy (27-7, 19-4 GLVC) led 4-1 before loading the bases with one out in the fifth. After TJ Tamaccio struck out, Naughton followed by jumping on a 2-2 fastball and yanking it over the left-field fence for a grand slam. It was his fourth home run of the season.
"He put a pretty good swing on that pitch," Rabe said.
Naughton, a senior, went 3 for 7 with three runs scored and five RBIs in the doubleheader.
"He's waited a long time to get his chance and he's making the most of it," Rabe said.
In the opener, junior left-hander Riley Martin allowed one earned run over 6 2/3 innings, striking out nine and walking two to improve to 7-0. He benefitted from the QU offense putting pressure on Southern Indiana's pitching staff.
The Hawks took the lead in the fifth when Lance Logsdon and Jeff Hightower drew back-to-back walks with the bases loaded. In the sixth, junior center fielder Nolan Snyder jacked a two-run home run to right-center field. That was enough.
Right-hander Karl Hirsch relieved Martin in the seventh and allowed no runs and no hits over 2 1/3 innings with one strikeout and two walks.
"We've got guys coming in and getting their job done," Rabe said. "It's easy to go to them when they pump strikes and get guys out."
Quincy 5, Southern Indiana 3
Quincy 100 022 000--5 6 3
So. Indiana 010 000 200--3 6 0
Martin, Hirsch (7) and Hightower; Krizan, Kleinhelter (7), Lewis (9) and McNew. WP--Martin (7-0). LP--Krizan (4-1). S--Hirsch (4). 2B--Quincy 1 (Birdsong). HR--Quincy 1 (Snyder).
Quincy 13, Southern Indiana 2
Quincy 000 441 13--13 15 0
So. Indiana 100 001 00--2 4 2
Stroud, Hammel (6), Grieshaber (8) and Kalusniak; Perez, Hagedorn (5), Kelly (7), Johnston (8) and McNew. WP--Stroud (5-2). LP--Perez (2-2). 2B–Quincy 2 (Hightower, Tamaccio), Southern Indiana 1 (Kuester). HR--Quincy 3 (Purcell, Hightower, Naughton), Southern Indiana 1 (Lopez).