Walnut Ridge, Ark. – The Williams Baptist College Eagles baseball squad hosted the Bulldogs from Benedictine University at Springfield in a four game series at Shell Field this past weekend. The result was a pair of walk-off 5-4 wins and a 4-2 victory before falling in the series finale.
Drew Tullos earned the victory in the series opener by pitching 6.2 innings, allowing eight hits and two runs while striking out five batters. Cody Stause earned the save getting the final out of the game to give the Eagles the 4-2 victory.
Game two would provide fireworks for the spectators, as Cogan Ford would hit a 3-run walk-off homerun in the bottom of the ninth to give WBC the 5-4 victory. Tyler Williams went 3-for-5 with two doubles in the game.
"When we signed Cogan, we expected these types of performances. He is very talented at the plate and the field," said Head Coach Frank Lee.
Dylan Disotell earned the win in relief, holding the Bulldogs scoreless in six innings, while striking out three.
Game three resembled game two in style and result, as the Eagles would once again win in their final at-bat in walk-off fashion. This time, Eloy Barela would single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth to score Michael Reynolds and give Williams the 5-4 victory. Barela was pinch-hitting when he came to the plate.
Tyler Williams, Kendall Fay, and Jim Manney paced the Eagles offense, combining to go 7-for-9 with two runs and two runs batted in. Chris Smith pitched a complete game, allowing three earned runs on eight hits.
Game four showcased Benedictine's offense, as they run-ruled the Eagles 16-2. Blake Coffman went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI.
"This weekend's series win is paramount to achieving our team goals of making the conference tournament. Our next step is against Hannibal," said Lee.
Williams prevailed in the series with three wins. The Eagles record improved to 8-17 overall and 3-2 in the American Midwest Conference. They currently sit in fourth place in the AMC, one game behind William Woods University.
WBC will enjoy a few days off for spring break before traveling to Hannibal-LaGrange University for a four game AMC series on March 22 and 23. The Eagles will return home for a non-conference matchup with Christian Brothers Universtiy on Tuesday, March 26. That nine inning game will start at 1 p.m.