Dates: April 1-2, 2016
Scores: Game One: WWU 14, WBC 4 (7 Innings) Game Two: WWU 15, WBC 10, Game Three: WBC 10, WWU 6
Records: William Woods University (18-16, 6-9 AMC), Williams Baptist College (14-20, 7-8 AMC)
Location: Shell Field - Walnut Ridge, Ark.
The Williams Baptist College baseball team hosted American Midwest Conference rival William Woods University on Friday and Saturday for a three game set. The Owls claimed the first two games of the series, but WBC rebounded and won the third and final game.
The Owls and Eagles were tied at 4-4 after the end of the third inning, but WWU responded with 10 runs in the next four innings and ended the contest early on Friday. Offensively for WBC, Braxton Rhodes (SO/Fayette, Ala.) went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs in the contest. Pedro Lopez (JR/Naples. Fla.) also went 2-for-3 with a double and he scored a pair of runs. WWU's Jordan Dey blasted three home runs in the contest and he also collected six RBIs.
The wild game two included a combined 25 runs and took 3 hours and 13 minutes to finish the seven inning contest. Once again, Rhodes paced the Eagles offense in his 3-for-4 outing, which included four RBIs. Hudson Ross (JR/Independence, Miss.) went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and one RBI. Silas Huskey (FR/Harrison, Ark.) added a 2-for-4 performance with a double, RBI and run scored. Tucker Smith (SR/Horn Lake, Miss.) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Nick Scott (JR/Jacksonville, Fla.) also collected two hits and he added a pair of runs scored.
William Woods jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the second inning, but WBC responded with three runs in the fourth and four runs in the fifth to take a 7-4 lead after five innings. The Eagles offense kept swinging hot bats and was able to hold off any comeback attempt. WBC had a series high 15 hits in the contest for its seventh conference victory this season.
Ryan Shelton (SR/Brentwood, Tenn.) led the offense with a 3-for-3 day at the plate, which included his third home run this season, a double, RBI and two runs scored. Pedro Lopez went 2-for-4 with a home run, his second this season, a game-high five RBIs and two runs scored. Tucker Smith and Nick Scott each went 2-for-5.
Braxton Rhodes was solid on the mound for WBC in his fifth victory this season. The Alabama native threw eight innings and gave up five hits, three earned runs, two walks and he posted six strikeouts.
The Eagles will travel to Henderson, Tenn., for its next AMC series against Freed-Hardeman University. The three game set will start on Friday, April 8, and the first game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start. The doubleheader on Saturday will start at noon.
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