Dates: March 25-26, 2016
Scores: Game One: WBC 7, HLGU 3, Game Two: WBC 6, HLGU 2, Game Three: WBC 12, HLGU 0
Records: Williams Baptist College (13-16, 6-6 AMC), Hannibal-LaGrange University (1-28, 0-12 AMC)
Location: Hannibal, Mo.
The Eagles traveled to Hannibal-LaGrange University on Friday afternoon for a three game American Midwest Conference set against the Trojans. Williams won both games on Friday and routed HLGU on Saturday to complete the sweep and move to 6-6 in the AMC.
Six in the Sixth:
Hannibal started the game strong, scoring a run in each of the first three innings, to take an early 3-1 lead. The contest remained 3-1 until the top of the sixth inning, when WBC blew the game open and scored six runs in the top half of the sixth. Michael Ludwig (SR/Heber Springs, Ark.) and Seth Hart (JR/Sedgwick, Ark. ) walked to start the inning and Eric Kent (SR/Ft. Madison, Iowa) put down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position. Tanner Murray (SR/Piggott, Ark.) singled to score both Kent and Hart and tied the game at 3-3. Next, pinch-hitter Ryan Cupp (JR/Paragould, Ark.) singled to left. Brennan Pugh (SR/Houston, Miss.) doubled down the right field line to score Murray with the go-ahead run. Nick Scott (JR/Jacksonville, Fla.) provided insurance as his single scored both Pugh and Cupp. Hart added the other RBI in the inning with his second at-bat in the sixth, bringing in Scott. JP Ziegler (SR/Benton, Miss.) finished the game with a scoreless one-two-three inning of relief for starter Ethan Quarles (SR/Millington, Tenn.).
Quarles earned his second win of the season, throwing six innings, surrendering six hits, two earned runs, four walks and two strikeouts.
Offensively, Hart went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Ryan Shelton (SR/Brentwood, Tenn.) also had a pair of hits in his 2-for-4 outing. Scott and Murray tied for the team lead in RBIs with two.
Williams raced out to take the early 2-0 lead after five innings, but Hannibal responded with a comeback in the bottom of the sixth and tied the game at 2-2. Seth Hart came through with the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the seventh, as his single to left scored Ryan Cupp. WBC would add three more runs in the next two innings on a Nick Scott RBI single and two HLGU errors.
Dalton Freshour (JR/West Plains, Mo.) earned his second win of the season in relief of Eagles starter Dylan Disotell (SR/Junction City, Ark.). Freshour threw 2.2 innings, surrendering five hits, no runs or walks and he added two strikeouts. Disotell had a good start on the bump, throwing 5.1 innings, surrendering only two hits, one earned run, with two walks and six strikeouts. Eric Kent also pitched a scoreless ninth inning, with his outing including a pair of walks and a strikeout.
Completing the Sweep:
Williams brought its bats in game three of the contest. The Eagles pounded out 12 runs on 15 hits in the contest. WBC scored once in the third, three runs in the fifth, one run in the sixth and eighth innings and six runs in the ninth.
Tyler Eudy (SO/Jonesboro, Ark.) led the team with a 3-for-5 outing with his first home run of the season, a double and a season-high five RBIs. Tanner Murray went 3-for-5 with a double, and a home run, his second of the season. Murray also collected a pair of RBIs. Silas Huskey (FR/Harrison, Ark.) added a 3-for-6 day with a run scored. Nick Scott, Layne Ditto (FR/Walnut Ridge, Ark.) and Ryan Shelton all had 2 hits. Shelton also had a pair of RBIs and Scott scored a pair of runs. Brennan Pugh stole a pair of bases and scored a game-high four runs.
Braxton Rhodes earned the win on the mound for WBC in his quality outing. He threw seven scoreless innings, surrendering only three hits, no runs, two walks and he added five strikeouts. Anthony Noftsger (JR/Green Forest, Ark.) and Josh McKeithen (SO/Commerce, Texas) added one scoreless inning each in the shutout.
With the sweep, the Eagles moved up into fifth place in the American Midwest Conference standings with a 6-6 record in conference play.
The Eagles will host Texas A&M-Texarkana in a doubleheader on Tuesday, March 29. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m., at Shell Field.
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