Dates: March 4-5, 2016
Scores: Game One: WBC 6, LU-B 5 (10 Innings), Game Two: LU-B 13, WBC 7, Game Three: WBC 8, LU-B 1
Records: Williams Baptist College (9-11, 2-1 AMC), Lindenwood University-Belleville (4-15, 1-2 AMC)
Location: Shell Field - Walnut Ridge, Ark.
The Williams Baptist College baseball team hosted the Lynx of Lindenwood University-Belleville for its first American Midwest Conference series of the 2016 season. WBC won the three game set by winning the first game on Friday and the final game on Saturday.
WBC's conference play started with some high and intense moments against LU-B late in the game, but the Eagles pulled away with the win on a Hudson Ross (JR/Independence, Miss.) sacrifice fly that scored in pinch-runner Shae Mnichowski (JR/Oxford, Miss.). Morgan Hawley (JR/Marmaduke, Ark.) went 2-for-4 in the contest with a pair of RBIs and a stolen base. Tucker Smith (SR/Horn Lake, Miss.) added a 1-for-3 outing with a run scored and a pair of walks. Dalton Freshour (JR/West Plains, Mo.) earned his first win of the season in relief of Williams starter Ethan Quarles (SR/Millington, Tenn.). Freshour pitched four strong innings allowing two hits, one unearned run, one walk and two strikeouts. Quarles threw six innings, surrendering six hits, four earned runs, four walks and five strikeouts.
Lindenwood responded with an offensive outburst in the second game of the series. LU-B Leadoff hitter Cory Lubinski launched a grand slam in the top of the second inning on his way to a 4-for-5 day with 6 RBIs and a pair of home runs. Tyler Eudy (SO/Jonesboro, Ark.), Eric Kent (SR/Ft. Madison, Iowa) and Braxton Rhodes (SO/Fayette, Ala.) all posted 2-for-3 days at the plate in the loss. Nick Scott (JR/Jacksonville, Fla.) added a pair of RBIs in his 1-for-3 outing.
In the rubber match of the series, WBC handed the ball to Rhodes as the game three starter. Rhodes posted another strong outing on the mound, as the Alabama native threw seven innings, scattering nine hits, while allowing one unearned run on two walks. He also posted six strikeouts. Anthony Noftsger (JR/Green Forest, Ark.) and Dylan Disotell (SR/Junction City, Ark.) helped shut the door in relief, with Disotell striking out the side in the top of the ninth. Ross went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Pedro Lopez (JR/Naples. Fla.) hit his first home run of the season, a two run shot in the first inning. Hawley also blasted his first home run of the year, a solo shot, in the fourth. Lindenwood committed six errors in the game three loss.
WBC first baseman Eric Kent is currently tied with Luis Anguizola of Loyola (La.) for the NAIA lead in doubles this season with 13. His average of 0.68 doubles per game ranks fourth for all hitters.
Quote of the Series:
"It was good to get the opening conference series win," said Head Coach Frank Lee. "I think it gives us momentum going into the rest of the conference season. We still have things to work on, but that helps us moving forward to help accomplish some of the goals we set at the beginning of the season."
The Eagles will host the Pirates of Park University for a three-game American Midwest Conference set on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12. The games are scheduled for a noon start at Shell Field.
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