Walnut Ridge, Ark. - The Williams Baptist College baseball team lost its first round American Midwest Conference tournament game against Freed-Hardeman University 7-1 on Thursday, but rebounded by winning an elimination game against Benedictine University-Springfield on Friday by a final of 10-7. The tournament is being played in Springfield, Ill.
The win in the conference tournament against the Bulldogs on Friday afternoon was the first in program history for the Eagles since joining the AMC.
WBC was out-hit 11-6 against the Lions and was only able to accumulate one run in the 7-1 loss. Tucker Smith (JR/Southaven, Miss. ) led the team with a 2-for-3 day and Eric Kent (JR/Ft. Madison, Iowa) went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI.
The Eagles then faced the Bulldogs of BU-S in an elimination game at 11 a.m., on Friday. Each team had 11 hits in the contest, but Williams seized crucial chances by plating several runners in scoring position.
Seven different WBC players had a hit in the 10-7 win. Blake Coffman (SR/Keiser, Ark. ) went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs to lead the team. Nick Scott (SO/Jacksonville, Fla. ) went 2-for-2 with 3 RBIs, Braxton Rhodes (FR/Fayette, Ala. ) finished 2-for-5 and Kent added a home run and two RBIs.
Eagles starter Ethan Quarles (JR/Millington, Tenn.) pitched eight innings in the win. He gave up six runs on nine hits while striking out five batters. Paul Keen (SR/McCrory, Ark.) pitched the final inning and shut the door on a Bulldog comeback.
Williams improves to 18-29 on the season and will play the loser of William Woods University and Lyon College Saturday at 11 a.m. in an elimination game.
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