|Final - Baseball||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex (2-2)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||2|
|Williams Baptist (Ark.) (1-0)||0||2||0||0||2||2||0||0||0||6||11||1|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Pitching||Williams Baptist (Ark.)|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Stats||Williams Baptist (Ark.)|
|None||Doubles||2 Players (#8,#33)|
|Final - Baseball||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Williams Baptist (Ark.) (2-2)||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||8||2|
|Texas A&M - Texarkana (2-0)||0||2||0||2||1||2||0||7||9||3|
|Texarkana, TX George Dobson Field|
|Williams Baptist (Ark.)||Pitching||Texas A&M - Texarkana|
|Williams Baptist (Ark.)||Indv. Stats||Texas A&M - Texarkana|
|#27 Brown, Kagen||Doubles||#7 Perfect, Kolton|
Dates: February 2-3, 2017
Event: Texas A&M - Texarkana Round Robin Tournament
Scores: Williams Baptist College 6 vs. Our Lady of the Lake University 0
Williams Baptist College 4 vs. (RV) Texas A&M - Texarkana 10
Williams Baptist College 6 vs. Evangel University 4
Williams Baptist College 1 vs. (RV) Texas A&M - Texarkana 7
Record: WBC (2-2)
Location: Texarkana, Texas
Opening Season Victory:
The Williams Baptist College Eagles baseball season could not have gotten off to a better start. They opened the season at the Texas A&M - Texarkana Round Robin Tournament against Our Lady of the Lake University. Sophomore Layne Ditto (SO/Walnut Ridge, Ark.) ensured the Eagles came away with a victory by allowing one hit in a complete game shutout from the mound. The offense provided six runs for the 6-0 victory.
"Layne picked right back up where he left off in the fall. He worked ahead the whole game and allowed his defense to work behind him. He has bought into the new philosophy and attacked hitters from the first pitch," said Head Coach Steven Abanathy.
The Walnut Ridge native only needed 75 pitches to work his way to his first career win from the mound. He struck out four batters and allowed three walks.
Offensively, WBC was led by Issac Simmons Jr. (JR/Wynne, Ark.), Seth Hart (SR/Sedgewick, Ark.), and Marco Palacios (JR/Houston, Texas) who combined to go 6-for-9 from the plate with two runs and two RBI.
The win was also the first for first year coach Steven Abanathy.
Jacob Jumper (FR/Palestine, Ark.) came in, in relief to earn the win versus Evangel University. He entered the game in the fifth with the Eagles trailing, but was able to throw three scoreless innings, allowing four hits.
Texas A&M Wins Two:
It was not all wins for WBC, as they lost two games to Texas A&M University-Texarakana. TAMUT is receiving votes in the NAIA Preseason Coaches Top 25 Poll. The Eagles lost 4-10 in the first game before falling 7-1 in the final game.
"As a team, I am super proud of the way we competed this weekend. We knew going in that we were going to face some very talented teams, and we faced that challenge head on. We have made a lot of changes on both sides of the game, and guys are starting to see how good we can be. I believe with a couple tweaks here and there, we have the opportunity to be a great baseball team and accomplish a lot this season.
WBC's next games will be the home opening series. They will host Shawnee State University on Feb. 10-11, and will play a four game series beginning at noon both days.