Date: April 19, 2016
Scores: Game One: UoO 2, WBC 1 Game Two: WBC 6, UoO 0
Records: Williams Baptist College (17-25), University of the Ozarks (13-20)
Location: Lonnie Qualls Field - Clarksville, Ark.
The Williams Baptist College baseball team traveled to Clarksville, Ark., on Tuesday afternoon for a non-conference match against University of the Ozarks. Williams lost a tough 2-1 decision in the first contest, but rebounded in game two by posting a 6-0 shutout of U-of-O.
The Late Rally:
Williams scored the first run of the game in the top of the fourth inning and took an early 1-0 lead. Ozarks rallied in the seventh and final inning of the contest by taking advantage of three WBC errors in the frame to plate the tying and game winning runs in the 2-1 victory.
Eagles pitcher Dylan Disotell (SR/Junction City, Ark.) suffered the tough luck loss despite only giving up two hits and no earned runs. He threw 6.2 innings in the complete game effort, walked one batter and struck out seven.
Offensively, WBC out-hit U-of-O 5-2. Tyler Eudy (SO/Jonesboro, Ark.) and Braxton Rhodes (SO/Fayette, Ala.) each went 1-for-3 with a double to lead the team. Eudy scored a run and Rhodes added one RBI. Pedro Lopez (JR/Naples. Fla.), Ryan Shelton (SR/Brentwood, Tenn.) and Tanner Murray (SR/Piggott, Ark.) also finished 1-for-3, respectively.
Pitching has the Upper Hand:
Williams starter Josh McKeithen (SO/Commerce, Texas) followed up Disotell's two-hit outing with a two-hit outing of his own in the second game. McKeithen earned his second win of the season in his first start of the 2016 campaign. He threw six shutout innings and only gave up one walk and one strikeout. Anthony Noftsger (JR/Green Forest, Ark.) threw the final inning of the game and helped combine on the shutout. Noftsger struck out one batter.
Tucker Smith (SR/Horn Lake, Miss.) went 2-for-3 with one RBI to lead the team. Brennan Pugh (SR/Houston, Miss.) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Braxton Rhodes added a 2-for-4 outing with two RBIs. The Eagles out-hit Ozarks 9-2.
The Eagles will travel to St. Louis, Mo., on Friday afternoon for a critical three game American Midwest Conference set with the Hornets of Harris-Stowe State University. The game on Friday is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start and the doubleheader on Saturday will start at 12 p.m.
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