Walnut Ridge, Ark. – The Williams Baptist College baseball team hosted William Woods University in a three game conference set over the weekend. The Owls were able to take the first two wins of the series by finals of 17-4 and 10-7, but the Eagles won the third game by 4-3 on freshman Nick Scott's RBI single in the eighth inning.
WBC managed to take advantage of a hitter's wind on Friday as Spencer Theilemier, Cogan Ford and Kagen Brown all blasted solo home runs. Jim Manney went 2-for-3 with an RBI to round out the day's offensive attack, while Ethan Quarles, Dalton Freshour and Theilemier combined to strike out 11 batters on the mound.
Saturday's games were highly contested, as both matches went into extra innings. Game two was a back-and-forth battle, but the Owls were able to score five runs in the top of the eighth inning to escape with a 10-7 win. Manney finished 4-for-4 with two RBIs and teammate Blake Coffman finished 4-for-5 with his own pair of RBIs.
Game three proved to be a battle for both squads. Williams raced out to an early 3-0 lead after three innings, which included a solo home run by Kendall Fay. The Owls tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the sixth, but Theilemier struck out a WWU batter with the bases loaded to end the frame.
Neither team scored again until the bottom of the eighth inning. With two outs on the board, Brown laced a double to the right-center gap to give the Eagles a runner in scoring position. An intentional walk to Dylan Clark gave Nick Scott the opportunity of the game. He capitalized by notching a single over the Owls second baseman to send Brown home with the game-winning run.
Scott finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and Fay finished 2-for-3, with one of his hits being the solo home run. Cade Sawyer started on the mound for the Eagles and threw 5.1 innings, surrendering only four hits and one earned run, while striking out two batters on 51 pitches. Theilemier earned the win in relief, throwing 2.1 innings, surrendering two hits and striking out two batters.
The win against William Woods University was the first win against the Owls since 2007. Williams is now 6-24 on the season and 1-17 in the American Midwest Conference. The next series for WBC is a three game set in Hannibal, Mo., against Hannibal La-Grange University. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m., on Friday, April 11.